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Dr. A. Leroy Parker 
Dr. Wilson L. Stewart 
Dr. Charles H. Howell 

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Dr. A. Leroy Parker 
Dr. Wilson L. Stewart 
Dr. Charles H. Howell 




<_>/ HE HISTORY of Parkway Baptist Church clearly reveals 
the dedication, the loyalty and sacrifices its membership prac- 
ticed, often times through adverse conditions to build a church 
that would make Bible study, missions, and evangelism the 
foundation of its work. 

It was to be a place of Christian fellowship for its mem- 
bers, the needy, the lonely and bereaved. A place for all ages to 
grow spiritually and launch out into the community to be of 
service to others. 

For twenty years the people of Parkway Baptist Church 
have been richly blessed with the ministry of some of the most 
outstanding pastors. During these years the church has grown in 
members and has become a great influence in this community. 
It has not only contributed liberally of its material wealth for the 
work of the kingdom but has also given some of its choicest 
young men and women into full time religious work. 

Our grateful appreciation goes to Dr. Leroy Parker, Dr. 
Charles Howell and Dr. Wilson Stewart for their contribution to 
this history. 

We have accomplished much in these twenty years and if 
we have faith, courage, and consecration, we can go on to 
greater things for our Master. 

History Committee: 
Tom Henderson, Chairman 
Mrs. W. S. Sherwood 
Mrs. Oscar Hundley 
W. A. Aydelette 
Carl Andrews 
Harold Phillips 
Ralph Barnes 

Parkway Baptist Church Staff, 1976 

L to R Front Row 

Mr. Larry Austin Minister of Education 

Dr. Charles Howell Pastor 

Mrs. Ernest Myers Organist 

Miss Hazel Martin Pastor's Secretary 

L to R Back Row 

Mrs. Jerry CTKelley Financial Secretary 

Mr. Don Bowden Music Director 

Miss Betty Bailey Church Secretary 

Mrs. Carl Andrews Kindergarten Director 

Mr. Mark Cranford (Inset) Pastoral Intern 



Foreword v 

I. The Background (1956-1959) 1 

II. A New Church Is Born (1959-1960) 23 

III. A Decade of Growth and Expansion 

(1960-1970) 36 

IV. The Spirit and Structure of the Seventies 
(1970-1976) 63 

Conclusion 90 


Deacons 91 

Deacon Chairmen 92 

Church Secretaries 92 

Ministers of Education 92 

Assistant Pastor 92 

Pastoral Intern 92 

Choir Directors 93 

Church Organists 93 

Revivals 94 


Adcock, Mrs. Ida July 3 

Adkins, Mrs. Fred Sept. 6 

Anderson, R. A July 9 

Anderson Mrs. R. A July 22 

Andrews, C. G Feb. 9 

Arnote, Wendell K Oct. 15 

Barker, T. R Dec. 19 

Bibee, Vicki Tankersly Dec. 24 

Bray, Herman Feb. 19 

Brewer, Mrs. J. H May 6 

Bryson, Frank Apr. 17 

Canady, Mrs. H. N May 12 

Cowan, W. E Feb. 10 

Davis, Mrs. Leroy Feb. 25 

Deaton, Judson July 19 

DeLorme, T. L Apr. 10 

Ellis, W. A Jan. 13 

Fuller, Leon May 15 

Gentry, Gena Oct. 23 

Gentry, Claude Jan. 9 

Hall, C. B. Sr May 20 

Hall, C. B. Jr June 24 

Hall, O. E Apr. 16 

Hall, Mrs. O. E July 28 

Heath, Mrs. Chalmers Nov. 1 

Henderson, John July 13 

Henry, B. A Jan. 28 

Mills, Michael Dec. 14 

Montgomery, Floyd Dec. 29 

Montgomery, Mrs. Floyd Mar. 2 

Morgan, C. C Nov. 30 

Morgan, Mrs. C. C Jan. 14 

McGarity, A. D Nov. 15 

McNeal, Mrs. A. H Aug. 6 

Pickerel, Gloria Mar. 22 

Royster, J. Richard Feb. 22 

Reitzel, Maxton Apr. 30 

Rogers, Mrs. John June 6 

Sasser, Claude M Apr. 6 

Sherwood, W. S Mar. 31 

Tally, T. T Aug. 3 1 

Taylor, Oscar T Dec. 1 

Transou, Mrs. Jas Mar. 4 

Troxler. William H July 6 

Walsh, Mrs. Edward June 30 

Washburn, Golden Feb. 20 

Wrenn, Chester Aug. 23 


Chapter One 



Born, Birmingham, Alabama, February 1, 1915. Graduate, Birming- 
ham Southern College. Graduate, University of Chicago Medical school. 
Graduate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. 
Converted at the age of 13. Baptized, First Baptist church, Birmingham, 
Alabama. Married to Sara Francis Parker. Children: Sandra and Bill. 

Pastor, First Baptist church, Honea Path, South Carolina, 1943-1950. 
Served as Moderator of the Saluda Association of South Carolina. Pastor 
Asheboro Street Baptist church Greensboro. North Carolina, since 1950. 
June, 1964 Asheboro Street Baptist church relocated and the name was 
changed to Friendly Avenue Baptist church where he continues on as its 
pastor. Served as moderator of Piedmont Baptist Association of North 
Carolina. Served as President of the North Carolina Baptist State Conven- 
tion. Served on the General Board and a member of the Executive Commit- 
tee of the board. Served as pastor of Parkway Baptist church, Greensboro. 
North Carolina, 1956-1959 while it was a mission of Asheboro Street 
Baptist church. 


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^J N THE EARLY 1950's, the Asheboro Street Baptist Church 
developed plans to build a new auditorium to seat 1 , 100 people. 
This was due to several years of rather rapid numerical growth. 

Soon thereafter, South Greensboro began a rapid change in 
population from white to black. A technique called "Block 
Busting" came into vogue. One house in a given block would 
be sold for a substantial price, while the others brought much 
less. The ensuing "White Flight" caused the church to re-think 
the idea of the new auditorium. 

Shortly thereafter, a new idea was born. Why not start a 
mission church. Many of the young people who were marrying 
were settling in other parts of Greensboro. This coupled with 
the exodus mentioned above made the suggestion of a mission 
church quite plausable. 

Petitions were circulated through the Sunday School for 
one month. Those interested in being a part of the mission were 
asked to sign. Eighteen names appeared on the petitions. 

From these names a church structure was set up on paper 
consisting of two worship services, a complete Sunday School, 
a complete Training Union and a prayer meeting. Thus the 
mission church was ready to function on paper. 

Then a temporary meeting place had to be found to be 
followed as soon as possible by the permanent one. Brooks 
School became the first home of the mission to give way later to 
the beautiful site on Benjamin Parkway. 

Asheboro Street Church and First Baptist Church were 
looking for land at the same time. They decided to use the same 
real estate man to keep down any possible conflicts in location. 
Mr. Sidney Allen was the choice of both churches. He first 
showed Parkway a site to the right of Lawndale Drive a short 
distance north of Sears mail order house. Soon thereafter it was 

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4 Twenty Years of Service 

found that First Baptist was interested in this area so Parkway 
began looking elsewhere. Later, Mr. Allen took the committee 
to the lovely and strategic location on the Parkway. At the time, 
it was a wooded lot and the Parkway was still on the drawing 

The motion and actions taken by the Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church to bring the mission church in existence are 

1. In 1954 a group of Asheboro Street Baptist Church 
members met in the home of W. A. Aydelette to discuss the 
possibility of starting a mission somewhere in Greensboro. 

2. On January 5, 1955, the deacons of Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church recommended that the pastor, Dr. A. L. Parker 
and the chairman of deacons, Mr. V. E. Jones, appoint a 
committee to work out the details of establishing a mission 
somewhere in the city. 

3. On November 9, 1955, a motion was made by W. A. 
Aydelette and seconded by H. R. Phillips that the church 
approve the starting of a mission in the Northwest section of 

4. On December 7, 1955, the deacons recommended that 
the pastor and Nolan Johnston (Minister of Education) contact 
the superintendent of city schools, asking for the use of Brooks 
School on Westover Terrace. 

5. On January 4, 1956, a motion was made that the church 
accept the offer from the business manager of Greensboro City 
Schools to use Brooks School on a temporary basis until land 
could be purchased and a building erected. 

6. On February 1, 1956, a motion was made that the 
mission would begin operation on March 11, 1956, in Brooks 
School. This action was taken on the pastor's birthday. 

7. On February 8, 1956, the deacons recommended the 
following schedule: 

Sunday Morning Worship — 9:45 A.M. 

Sunday School— 11:00 A.M. 

Sunday Evening Worship — 6:30 P.M. 

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Training Union— 7:30 P.M. 

Prayer Meeting (Tuesday) — 7:30 P.M. 
Dr. Parker was to preach at all services at the mission and the 
mother church. 

8. On March 7, 1956, the deacons recommended that 
Asheboro Street Church buy advertising space, 6" x 8" in the 
local papers to advertise the new mission and that 500 copies of 
the New Baptist Hymnal be purchased. 

9. Proper arrangements were made with the Missions 
Committee of the Piedmont Baptist Association as to the con- 
stitution and location of the mission. 

10. On May 16, 1956, the deacons recommended that a 
letter be written to the Piedmont Baptist Association Missions 
Committee and the Missions Committee of the Baptist State 
Convention requesting financial support in purchasing all or 
part of a lot of 700 feet on the Parkway. 

1 1 . On May 23, 1956, the deacons recommended that the 
church purchase a lot on the Parkway, said lot will be 350 feet 
frontage by 300 feet deep at a cost of $30,000.00. The church 
would investigate the possibility of purchasing an adjoining 350 
foot lot on the Parkway and financing it. 

12. On July 11, 1956, a motion was made by W. A. 
Aydelette that a census of Garden Homes be taken, that L. L. 
Morgan of the State Convention staff visit with our Missions 
Committee for consultation on the mission building and that an 
appropriate sign be erected in front of Brooks School announc- 
ing the time of services. 

13. On August 8, 1956 the church appointed Carl Andrews 
as the architect to work with L. L. Morgan on overall plans for 
the erection of a church building on the Parkway. 

14. On September 12, 1956, Don Trexler was employed to 
direct the music at the mission and Mrs. Ruth Trexler was 
employed as organist. 

15. On January 2, 1957. O. B. Teague, Sr., Earl Johnson 
and J. B. Mims were appointed to work out plans to finance the 

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Parkway Baptist Church 7 

16. On January 10, 1957, Carl Andrews was authorized to 
proceed with drawings for the mission's building. 

17. On February 27, 1957, the church approved the ar- 
chitect's drawings and plans for the building, and that bids be 
taken for the construction of the building, and that the Finance 
Committee be authorized to secure a construction loan. 

18. On April 17, 1957, the church voted to accept total 
bids of $170,000.00 for the construction of the building, to use 
the American Bonding Company in raising $150,000.00 and to 
authorize the trustees to proceed with the contract signing. 

Contractors for the building were: 

General Contract H. D. Barnes, Inc. 

Electrical Commercial Electric Co. 

Heating Atlantic Engineering Co. 

Plumbing White Plumbing Co. 

19. A ground breaking ceremony was held at the mission 
site on Westmoreland Drive and Benjamin Parkway. Those 
taking part included the Missions Committee, Dr. Parker, Carl 
Andrews, Victor Jones, J. B. Mims, Nolan Johnston and other 
church members. 

The three story building went up on schedule and was 
judged by the Architectural Department of the Sunday School 
Board as first in its class for the year. Carl Andrews received an 
appropriate award. 

At this point, two significant worship services need to be 
recorded. The first was the initial service in Brooks School on 
Sunday, March 11, 1956. The best analogy would be the birth 
of a baby to loving parents, and the ensuing joy and happiness. 
It was a lovely day and all 118 were present, plus several 
visitors. There was such anticipation and enthusiasm. My, the 
hand clasping, embracing, the tears and smiles of gratitude. 
Most of these were back for Evening Worship and Training 
Union. It was indeed a red letter day on the calendar of the 
Kingdom of God. 

Twenty Years of Service 

Parkway Baptist Church 

1 o Twenty Years of Service 

The mission church was born, strong, healthy, vigorous 
and enthusiastic. Here she was a new instrument in the hands of 
the Holy Spirit of God. Every person who was a part of that day 
will be forever grateful for the opportunity. 

The second significant worship service was the initial 
service held in the new Parkway building on Sunday, February 
2, 1958. 

In 22 months the new mission church experienced rapid 
growth. Sunday School attendance was 369 with over 400 in the 
morning service. There were two periods of open house at 2:00 
P.M. and 4:00 P.M. divided by the significant corner stone 
laying at 3:00 P.M. The corner stone container was filled with 
several items of interest for posterity, included with the current 
Greensboro Daily News and Record, a Bible properly in- 
scribed, associational minutes, The "Announcer" of Asheboro 
Street Baptist Church, list of staff and present members, mi- 
nutes of business meetings leading to the establishment of the 
mission and other items and articles of interest. 

Taking part in the corner stone laying were the pastor, Dr. 
Parker; Mrs. A. W. Edwards, W. M. U. president; W. A. 
Aydelette, chairman of the building committee; Carl Andrews, 
architect; Victor Jones, chairman of the deacons; Nolan 
Johnston, Minister of Education; and a host of church members 
and friends. The day ended with a large number present for the 
evening Worship Service and Training Union. This was indeed 
another red letter day on the calendar of the Kingdom of God. 

20. Sunday night, October 5, 1958 marked the first bap- 
tismal service held at Parkway Mission. Those baptized were 
Claudia Culbreth, Mrs. Mack Simpson, Jr. and Martha Rose 
Henderson. It was the hope and prayer of many, that the 
baptismal waters would be stirred frequently as people would 
follow the Lord in baptism by immersion, signifying symboli- 
cally their faith and trust in Him as Lord and Saviour. 

21. Wednesday night, December 17, 1958 was an historic 
time for the Asheboro Street Church. Three hundred fifty 

Parkway Baptist Church 


12 Twenty Years of Service 

church letters were granted so that the Parkway Mission might 
be constituted as the Parkway Baptist Church. This is the largest 
number of letters to be granted from one church at one time in 
the history of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. 
The mother church prayed God's blessings on her daughter 

22. On Wednesday night, December 31, 1958, the Parkway 
Mission was duly constituted an independent autonomous body 
and named the Parkway Baptist Church. The name was derived 
from the geographical location of the church, Benjamin Park- 
way. This new local body of Christ became the largest and 
strongest new church ever started in the history of the Baptist 
State Convention of North Carolina. Regular and necessary 
procedures were followed in the constitution of the church 
including adoption of "Articles of Faith." On the same night 
the church voted to purchase from the Starmount Company the 
other portion of the original tract of land for the sum of 
$35,000.00. The church now owned approximately 5Vi acres 
dedicated to the cause of Christ in Greensboro and around the 

23. In the original structure of the mission the prayer 
meeting was set on Tuesday night. Business meetings were held 
at the mother church on Wednesday nights and at the mission on 
Tuesday nights. It was soon apparent that this was not a good 
arrangement so the mission group began meeting with the 
mother church on Wednesday, discontinuing the Tuesday night 
prayer meetings. This meant that every discussion and every 
vote was taken with the combined groups. There was no chance 
for any misunderstanding and disunity. Rather, these meeting 
fostered mutual strength and goodwill. The mission grew strong 
in the atmosphere of prayer and Christian fellowship. It was felt 
by many that this was providential. 

24. Now a few words about missions. Asheboro Street 
Baptist Church became a 50-50 mission giving church in 1953. 
This meant that for every dollar spent on current expenses, 
another dollar was given for missions through the cooperative 

Parkway Baptist Church 


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Mission of 

A. L. Parker, Pastor 
Greensboro, N. C. 



ORGAN PRELUDE: "Jubilant Deo" Silver 



HYMN No. 3 80: "The Church's One Foundation" Wesley 


ANTHEM: "Except the Lord Build The House" .... Bit good 


Except the Lord build the house, thy labor is in vain that build it. Let 
them make a sanctuary that 1 may dwell among them. This is none other than 
the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. My house shall be called the 
house of prayer, O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come. Let 
our prayers come before Thee as incense. We will call upon Him as long as we 
live. Holiness becometh Thine house. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord, 
or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart. 
Cleanse Thau me from secret faults. Ptaise waiteth for Thee, O Lord, praise the 
Lord from the earth. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Thy 
walls are salvation; Thy gates praise. 


HYMN No. 3 79: "O Thou Whose Hand Hath Brought Us" Webb 


OFFERTORY SOLO: "Forward to Christ" O'Hara 

Donald Trexler 

SERMON Mr. Parker 

HYMN No. 240: "Just As I Am" Bradbury 


Last Week's Attendance 131 

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(Men r7Uf(S< 
2:00 p. m. 

{Downer- tjwne -Je 

3:00 p. m. 


HYMN No. 2 86: "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" Craft 



HYMN — ANTHEM: "Dedicatory Hymn" ... Ellacomb 


Chairman of the Deacons 

Chairman of the Mission Building Committee 

Chairman of the Finance Committee 



Minister of Education 

Sunday School Superintendent 

Training Union Director 

HYMN No. 500: "Anniversary Hymn" Kremser 



t'Aen 2ftoffte 

4:00 p. m. 


ORGAN PRELUDE: "Prayer" Boellmann 



HYMN No. 3 82: "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord" Williams 



HYMN No. 417: "Lead On, O King Eternal" Smart 


OFFERTORY: "No, Not Despairingly" Spratt 

SERMON Mr. Parker 

HYMN No. 170: "Holv Ghost, with Light Divine" Gothchalk 


The flouers and the urn are presented to the Parkway Baptist Mission by the 
I'iJelis Bible Class, Asheboro Street Baptist Church. 


Twenty Years of Service 

Rev. A. L. Parker, Jr Pastor 

Nolan C. Johnston Minister of Education 

V. E. Jones Chairman of the Deacons 

O. B. Teague, Sr Chairman of the Finance Committee 

\v . A. Aydelette Chairman of the Mission Building Committee 

Carl Andrews Architect 

Far! Johnson Sunday School Superintendent 

Jessie Watson Training Union Director 

Mrs. A. W. Edwards W. M. V. President 

Villiam Poad Brotherhood President 


General H. D. Barnes, Inc. 

Electrical Commercial Electric Co. 

Heating Atlantic Engineering Co. 

Plumbing White Plumbing Co' 


Dixie Equipment Co. 
Southern Desk Co. 

Mission Building Committee: 
W. A. Aydelette, Chairman 

Mrs. A. W. Edwards 
Mrs. C. B. Haskins 
John Mims 
Mrs. W. S. Sherwood 
O. B. Teague, Sr. 
Jessie Watson 

Finance Committee: 

O. B. Teague, Sr., Chairman 

Ed Bradley 
C. B. Haskins 
Ewert Hollins 
Grover Jones 
Earl Johnson 
John Mims 
J. Tracy Moore 
S. W. Williams 

Parkway Baptist Church 17 

program. As long as Parkway was a mission, she was giving on 
the 50-50 basis. This laid a strong foundation for mission giving 
in the future. Incidentally, only six churches in the Baptist 
State Convention of 3,000 churches gave on that basis at that 
time. Fewer do so today. The 350 people lettered out of the 
Asheboro Street Church represented over one-third of the total 
church budget. In the fall of 1958, both churches put on the 
Forward Program of Church Finance hoping to develop and 
pledge budgets that would enable them to remain 50-50 in 
mission giving. The Finance Committees were chaired by John 
Mims at Asheboro Street Church and Earl Johnson at Parkway. 
Both committees drew up 50-50 budgets. When the pledges 
were in, there simply was not enough money to undergird 50-50 
budgets. It is wonderful to know that both churches wanted to 
give and share in this manner. 

25. Here is a personal word from Dr. A. L. Parker: "I 
know I am a child of God by virtue of the truth contained in 
John 3:16 and my response to it. I know I am called of God to 
preach the gospel. I know that He called me to pastor the 
Asheboro Street Baptist Church. I know that He led us to 
establish the Parkway Baptist Mission and church. 

"I remenber just before walking out of the pulpit at 
Parkway for the last time, saying, 'When I walk down these 
steps and out of this building, I will no longer be your pastor. 
Some of the dearest friends I have in all the world sit before me. 
Though the pastor-people relationship will be no more, the 
friendship will always remain. 

"May God's richest blessing abide on you now and al- 


Twenty Years of Service 


* Adams, Thomas N, 
*Adams, Mrs. Thomas N. 

Adams, Thomas N. Jr. 
Adams, A. J. 
Adams, Mrs. A. J. 
Adams, Paul 
Adams, Larry 
Allen, Fred, Jr. 
Allen, Mrs. Fred, Jr. 
Allgood, C. W. 
Allgood, Mrs. C. W. 
Anderson, R. A. 
Anderson, Mrs. R. A. 
*Andrews, Carl F. 

* Andrews, Mrs. Carl F. 
Andrews, Mrs. Lola 
Andrews, Wilbur C. 
Andrews, Mrs. Wilbur C. 
Anthony, H. C. 
Arnote, Wendell K. 
Atchison, Mrs. Douglas 

*Austin, C. L. 
*Austin, Mrs. C. L. 

Austin, Wayne 
*Aydelette, W. A. 
*Aydelette, Mrs. W. A. 

Aydelette, Kenny 

Ayers, Jas. T. 

Ayers, Mrs. Jas. T. 

Ballenger, Mrs. E. E. 

Barker, T. R. 
*Barker, Mrs. T. R. 
*Barnes, Mrs. H. O. Sr, 
*Barnes, Ralph 

Barnes, Bobby 
*Barnes, Alton 

*Barnes, Mrs. Faye 

Batten, Willard 

Batten, Mrs. Willard 

Batten, Johnny 

Beck, Mrs. B. E. 

Blackwell, Marvin L. 

Blackwell, Mrs. Marvin L. 

Boyles, G. Fred 

Boyles, Mrs. G. Fred 

Bradley, E. P. 

Bradley, Mrs. E. P. 

Bradley, Susan 

Bradley, Judy 

Bray, Herman 

Bray, Mrs. Herman 

Brewer, Paul 

Brewer, Mrs. Paul 

Brewer, Brenda 
*Brewer, J. H. 

Brewer, Mrs. J. H. 

Brown, Boyce 

Brown, Mrs. Boyce 

Brown, Mrs. Mattie 

Busick, Ronald Burton 
*Butler, Mrs. V. E. 

Butner, Miss Sabra 

Bryson, Charles Frank 
*Bryson, Mrs. Charles Frank 

Bryson, Miss Julia Kay 

Bryson, Frank Jr. 

Casey, W. L. 

Casey, Mrs. W. L. 
*Cheek, Gilmer 
*Cheek, Mrs. Gilmer 
*Cheek, Lynn 

Cheek, Sydney 

'Charter members who are current members of Parkway Baptist Church 

Parkway Baptist Church 


Clifton, B. J. 

Clifton, Mrs. B. J. 
*Clayton, M. B. 

Cockman, Gene 

Cockman, Mrs. Gene 
*Cottle, Gordon 
*Cottle, Mrs. Gordon 

Cottle, Carey 

Current, J. S. 

Current, Mrs. J. S. 

Czornij, Peter 

Czornij, Mrs. Peter 
*Culbreth. Claudia 

Davis, Roy 
Davis, Mrs. Roy 

Eggers, John H. 
Eggers, Mrs. John H. 
Eggers, June Elizabeth 
Elkins, W. A. 
Elkins. Mrs. W. A. 
Elkins, Linda 
Elkins, W. A. Jr. 
Ellis, W. A. 
Elliott. Ralph 
Elliott, Mrs. Ralph 
Elliott. Pamela Meadow 

Fisher. James E. 

Fisher, Mrs. James E. 

Fisher, Linda Carol 

Frost, Jack C. 

Frost, Mrs. Jack C. 
*Frazier, S. J. 
*Frazier, Mrs. S. J. 

Frazier, Pat 

Frazier, Shirley 

Gentry, Claude 

*Gentry, Mrs. Claude 
*Gentry, Norman Olen 

Good, Vollie G. 

Good, Mrs. Vollie G. 
*Grantham. T. I. Jr. 
*Grantham, Mrs. T. I. Jr. 
*Grimes, H. B. 
♦Grimes, Mrs. H. B. 

*Haithcock, C. R. 
*Haithcock. Mrs. C. R. 

Hall, Mrs. C. B. Sr. 

Hall, C. B. Jr. 
*Hall, Mrs. C. B. Jr. 

Hall, Douglas 

Hall, O. E. 

Hall, Mrs. O. E. 
*Hanner, E. E. 
*Hanner, Mrs. E. E. 

Hanner, Barbara 

Halsted, Mrs. Doris 
^Henderson, Thomas L. 
^Henderson, Mrs. T. L. 
*Henderson, Martha Rose 

Henry, Miss Linda 

Henry, B. A. 

Hobby, Howard 

Hobby. Mrs. Howard 

Hobby, Linda 

Hobby, Donna Kay 

Hopper, E. W. Jr. 

Hopper, Mrs. E. W. Jr. 

Holland, Roy 

Holland. Mrs. Roy 

Holland, Martha 
*Holmes, Mrs. Len 

Hubbard, Mrs. Kate 
*Hundley, Oscar 
*Hundle\, Mrs. Oscar 

■Charter members who are current members of Parkway Baptist Church 


Twenty Years of Service 

*Irvin, Frank 
*Irvin, Mrs. Frank 

Irvin, Diane 

Irvin, Jimmy 

Jensen, Harold 
Jensen, Mrs. Harold 
Jensen, Janice 
Jensen, Daniel 
Johnson, Earl L. 
Johnson, Mrs. Earl L. 
Johnson, Robert 
Johnson, Mrs. Robert 
Jones, J. C. 
Jones, Mrs. J. C. 
Jordon, J. M. 

Keel, W. H. 
Keel, Mrs. W. H. 
Kimel, A. B. 
Kimel, Mrs. A. B. 
Kimel, Sue 
*King, Mrs. James (Billy) 

Lee, W. K. 
Lee, Mrs. W. K. 
Lee, Bill 
Lee, Walter 
Lentz, Robert 
Lentz, Mrs. Robert 
Lentz, Brenda 
Long, Richard 
Long, Mrs. Richard 

Mahala, Mrs. H. C. 
Manley, Mrs. Paul 
Manuel, Miss Edith Elizabeth 
Medlin, W. L. 
Medlin, Mrs. W. L. 
Medlin, Jean 

Medlin, Ronnie 
*Medlin, Mrs. Carrie H. 

Melvin, Mrs. C. S. Jr. 

Melvin, Teddy 
*Messick, Jerry 
*Messick, Mrs. Jerry 

Mims, James Edwin 

Mims, Mrs. James Edwin 

Mims, Robert Wallace 

Mims, Mrs. Robert Wallace 

Montgomery, Floyd L. Sr. 

Montgomery, Mrs. Floyd L. 

Montgomery, David 

Montgomery, Mrs. David 

Moore, William T. 

Moore, Mrs. William T. 

Moore, Wade G. 

Moore, Mrs. Wade G. 

Moore, Burley 

Moore, Doyle 

Morgan, Mrs. C. C. 

Mullis, Mrs. Ruth 

McCuiston, W. H. 

McCuiston, Mrs. W. H. 
*McFetters, E. J. Jr. 
*McFetters, Mrs. E. J. 

McGinley, J. E. 

McGinley, Mrs. J. E. 
*McNeal, A. H. 

McNeal, Mrs. A. H. 

Nave, Miss Lois 
Neese, Elmer 
Neese, Mrs. Elmer 
Norris, Merrill 
Norris, Mrs. Merrill 
Norwood, J. J. 
Norwood, Mrs. J. J. 

'Charter members who are current members of Parkway Baptist Church 

Parkway Baptist Church 


*01iver, Mrs. M. C. 
Overman, J. D. Jr. 
Overman, Mrs. J. D. Jr. 
Overman, Welker W. 
Overman. Mrs. Welker W. 
Overby. Richard 
Overby. Mrs. Richard 

Partian , Mrs. William S. 
*Paschal. Ann LeRoy 
^Phillips. H. R. 
^Phillips. Mrs. H. R. 

Pickerel, Alfred 

Pike, John C. 

Pike. Mrs. John C. 

Poff. Cecil 

Poff, Mrs. Cecil 

Poplin. Mrs. C. B. 
K Poole. N. S. 
Toole. Mrs. N. S. 

Poole, Bobby 

Poole. Jerry 

Powers. William F. 

Powers, Mrs. William F. 

Powers. Patsy 
^Price, Mrs. Tom E. 
Tugh, Mrs. James 

Pugh. Janet 
^Purvis, Marvin 
"'Purvis. Mrs. Marvin 

Pruitt. Ralph 

Pruitt. Mrs. Ralph 

: Ray. Milton 

Ray. Mrs. J. R. 

Reitzel. R. Maxton 
'Reitzel, Mrs. R. Maxton 
: Rice. W. T. 
'Rice, Mrs. W. T. 

Rice. Billv 

Richardson, Everett L. Sr. 

Richardson. Mrs. Everett L. Sr. 

Richardson, Barbara 

Richardson, Everett L. Jr 
'Richardson, James 
'Richardson. Mrs. James 
'Rivenbark, James A. 
'Rivenbark, Mrs. James A. 

Rivenbark, Susan 
: Rouse, Elmore 
: Rouse, Mrs. Elmore 
'Rogers. John C. 

Rogers. Mrs. John C. 

Sasser, Claud 
^Sasser, Mrs. Claude 

Sasser. Carroll 

Sasser, Mrs. Carroll 

Scott. Mrs. Maude 

Seay. George A. 

Seay, Mrs. George A. 

Shaw. Robert E. 

Shaw. Mrs. Robert E. 

Sharpe, Mrs. P. M. 

Sherwood. W. S. 
^Sherwood. Mrs. W. S. 
^Simmons, J. G. 
^Simmons, Mrs. J. G. 

Simmons. Judy 
^Simmons. W. L. 
^Simmons, Mrs. W. L. 

Simmons. Jan 
^Simpson. Mack C. 
^Simpson. Mrs. Mack C. 
^Simpson. Ronnie 

Smeitzer, Mrs. G. R. 

Smith. Preston 

Smith. Mrs. Preston 

Soots, Miss Margaret 

Stieall. Mrs. Bill 

'Charter members who are current members of Parkway Baptist Church 


Twenty Years of Service 

Walden, Mrs. Don 
*Wall, Bernard 
♦Wall, Mrs. Bernard 

Watson, Jesse D. 

Watson, Mrs. Jesse D. 

Watson, Rebecca 

Watson, Judy 
♦Weaver, Rose Marie 
♦Webster, Mrs. C. R. 

Westmoreland, Baxter H. 

Westmoreland, Mrs. Baxter H 

Westmoreland, Martha Lynn 

Westmoreland, Carol 

Williamson, Mrs. J. S. 

Williams, Jason Van 

Wright, Reid 

Wright, Mrs. Reid 

Wright, Reida 

Stone, R. M. Jr. 

Stone, Mrs. R. M. Jr. 
♦Stone, Hunter 
♦Stone, Mrs. Hunter 

Stone, Tony 
♦Stout, Brooks 
♦Stout, Mrs. Brooks 

Tally, T. T. 
♦Tally, Mrs. T. T. 

Tally, Donna Lou 
♦Tate, Mrs. J. Lonzie 

Taylor, James T. Jr. 

Taylor, Mrs. James T. Jr. 
♦Taylor, Mrs. O. T. 
♦Teague, J. H. 
♦Teague, Mrs. J. H. 

Teague, Nancy 

Teague, Perry 
♦Teague, Bill 

Thompson, Wm. H. 

Thompson, Mrs. Wm. H. 

Thompson, Boyce 

Thurman, J. A. Jr. 

Thurman, Mrs. J. A. Jr. 

Troutman, Carson 

Troutman, Mrs. Carson 

Transou, James E. 

Transou, Mrs. Jas. E. 

Tucker, John 

Tucker, Mrs. John 

Tucker, David Lee 

Turner, Roy S. 

Turner, Mrs. Roy S. 

Vestal, Mrs. Alma 
♦Varner, Mrs. Jerry 
♦Vincent, Mrs. T. W. 

Walden, Don 

'Charter members who are current members of Parkway Baptist Churc 

Parkway Baptist Church 
Chapter Two 


Born, Wingate, North Carolina, 1921. Graduate, Wingate High 
School, Graduate Wingate College, Graduate, Wake Forest University, 
where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. 
Graduate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, 
1950. Here he served as assistant in the department of religion. Ordained 
into the ministry at Centerview Baptist Church, Kannapolis, North Caroli- 
na. Married to Gaynelle Cooke. Children; Charles Eugene, Jeanie, Sybil, 
and Lewis. Served as army chaplain, 1951-1953. Served as pastor of Ellerbe 
Baptist Church, Ellerbe, North Carolina, 1953-1954. Pastor of First Baptist 
Church, Aberdeen, North Carolina, 1954-1958. Pastor Clayton Baptist 
Church, Clayton, North Carolina, 1958-1959. Pastor Parkway Baptist 
Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, March 1^59-June 1960. Pastor, Wes- 
tridge Baptist Church. Greensboro, North Carolina, June 1960-December 
1960. January 1, 1961 returned to Army as Chaplain. Now holds rank as 


24 Twenty Years of Service 

First Called Pastor 


HE MISSION was ably served by Dr. A. Leroy Parker as 
pastor for three years while pastoring the mother church as well. 
A Pulpit Committee composed of Everette Richardson, Chair- 
man, Mrs. Margaret Aydelette, Mrs. Lucille Bradley, Thomas 
L. Henderson and Harold R. Phillips was selected in Sep- 
tember, 1958, to seek a pastor for Parkway. 

Anticipation was running high for the newly constituted 
church when a call was extended to the Rev. Frank Eugene 
Deese to become its first called pastor. Mr. Deese was then 
serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Clayton, North 
Carolina. Having received a unanimous vote, the new pastor 
accepted the call on January 1 1 , 1959 to become the pastor on 
March 1, 1959. A reception was held for the Deese family on 
February 6, 1959 at Parkway. 

On March 25, 1959 the church voted to loan the pastor an 
amount of $3600.00 with no interest for a down payment on his 
house, located at 308 Woodbine Court. The loan was to be 
repaid with an amount of $500.00 each year beginning in April, 

Rev. and Mrs. Deese were elected in May, 1959 to be the 
church's first messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, 
meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. 

On June 19, 1960, Mr. Deese resigned the pastorate at 
Parkway, due to a crisis that had arisen in the church. His 
resignation was effective at noon on that date. The church 
payed his salary and housing allowance through August. 


The first deacons to serve the new church in northwest 
Greensboro were Claude Gentry, W. A. Aydelette, E. L. 
Richardson, Ed Bradley, J. H. Teague, Oscar Hundley, James 
Transou, John Eggers and J. D. Watson. Claude Gentry was 

Parkway Baptist Church 25 

elected the first chairman and was succeeded by W. A. 
Aydelette in October 1959. 

In September, 1959 the church chose its first deacons who 
were to be ordained. They were Thomas Adams, Gilmer Cheek 
and Gaylord Simmons. 

To keep the standards high and the Biblical principles 
clearly set forth, the church drew up a questionnaire for all 
deacons to fill out and sign and set forth the requirements for 
deacons, listed in twelve statements. 


During the fifteen months of Mr. Deese's pastorate three 
revivals were held. In April, 1959, the new pastor preached a 
ten day meeting with Roger Cole, Minister of Music at Green 
Street Baptist Church, High Point, North Carolina, leading the 
singing. Nineteen cottage prayer meetings, sponsored by the 
Brotherhood, were held on April 14, 1959 in preparation for 
this revival. 

Another week long revival was held in the fall of 1959 
(September 27-October 3). The evangelist for this meeting was 
Rev. Harold Steen. The music was led by Hal Shumaker 
minister of Music at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Raleigh, 
North Carolina. 

The Rev. Tom Freeman, pastor of the First Baptist Church 
in Dunn, North Carolina, was the guest speaker for the revival 
in the spring of 1960. A forward program of church revival was 
planned for the months of February and March to promote the 
April 25 — May 1 meeting. 


Mr. Earl Johnson led the growth of the vital Bible teaching 
organization of the church, the Sunday School. The Sunday 
School grew steadily during the first year of the church's 

26 Twenty Years of Service 

history, with an enrollment of 522 reported in March, 1959. 
This grew to a high enrollment of 699 by July, 1960. 

By May, 1959 the growth had been so great that the 
Sunday School Council recommended that the church rent four 
rooms at the General Greene School from June 7 to August 16 
for $2.00 per room. The school was used for many months 
beyond the time designated. 

The Vacation Bible School in June, 1959 enrolled 194. 


An active and growing Training Union was directed by 
Everette Richardson. The enrollment reached a high of 248 in 
December, 1959. The previous month of November had regis- 
tered an average attendance of 155. Study courses, participation 
in associational events, and a fish fry at Guilford Dairy 
Clubhouse highlighted the extracurricular activities. 


The Woman's Missionary Union was guided during these 
early months of the new church by president, Mrs. Grace 
Johnson. The Brotherhood had two leaders as president, Oscar 
Hundley and Ed Bradley. 

Six women attended the state Woman's Missionary Union 
meeting in Durham on March 11, 1959. 

The mission organizations provided a full range of prog- 
ram for the youth and children. 

The enrollments of both organizations will be reflected in 
the Associational Letter of 1959-60. 


Four secretaries were employed by the church between 
March 1, 1959 and September, 1960. Mrs. Ann Wilkerson 
Floyd served as temporary secretary until June of 1959. Mrs. 

Parkway Baptist Church 27 

Mattie Lee Davis filled in July and August and was replaced by 
Miss Jean McPherson in August. Miss McPherson served the 
longest period during this time, resigning on August 26, 1960, 
to enter college in the fall of the year. She was succeeded by 
Mrs. Jean Allen who was employed as secretary when this 
period of history closed. 

Three janitors served on the staff for these months listed 
above. Norman Grier was the first janitor and was part-time. 
The second janitor was Clarence McCollum who was employed 
as the first full time janitor. He was replaced in January, 1960 
by Pinkney Jeffries, who was paid $45 per week. 


Soon after the congregation moved into the new building a 
Junior Choir was organized by Mrs. T. L. Henderson. The 
members of this first choir were: 

Adams, Tommy Price, Sankey 

Allen, Paul Purvis, Brenda 

Austin, Wayne Richardson, Bill 

Bray, Madeline Rivenbark, Susan 

Butler, Joan Sasser, Nancy 

Cheek, Lynn Simmons, Jan 

Culbreth, Claudia Simmons, Judy 

Eggers, June Smith, Ann 

Elkins, Bill Talley, Donna Lou 

Fisher, Linda Teague, Bill 

Hyslop, Patty Teague, Nancy 

Keith, Wayne Thompson, Boyce 

Moore, Burley Tucker, David 

The next year a Primary Choir was organized. 

The music program was led by three different directors. 
Mr. Wendell Arnote was serving when Mr. Deese became 
pastor. He resigned on August 1, 1959 to move to Charlotte, 
North Carolina. Mrs. T. L. Henderson became the temporary 
director at that time and directed the adult, junior and primary 

28 Twenty Years of Service 

choirs until October 28, 1959, when she tendered her resigna- 
tion. After Mr. Arnote's departure, Baxter Westmoreland was 
elected director of the men's chorus and leader of the Sunday 
evening services. Bob Lentz filled in as choir director after 
Mrs. Henderson's resignation. 

The church minutes reported in March 11, 1959 that the 
junior choir had 23 enrolled with 17 average attendance. The 
adult choir averaged 16 on Sunday mornings and 1 1 on Sunday 
evenings with an average of 13 in rehearsals on Wednesday 
evening. These figures were for February. 

The organist for the entire period of March, 1959- 
September, 1960 was Mrs. Betty Hill. 


The church minutes, recorded ably by Mrs. Roy Davis 
(March — September 1959) and Roy Turner (October 1959 — 
September 1960), report the following interesting and historical 
events of the new church's first eighteen months: 

Mrs. T. L. Henderson received the information to be 
printed in the Sunday bulletin. 

When the new pastor came, the church reversed its 
schedule of Sunday services and for the first time the Sunday 
School met at 9:45 A.M. and the Training Union at 6:45 P.M. 
These services were followed by worship at 11:00 A.M. and 
7:30 P.M. 

The budget adopted for 1959 called for a total of 
$75,680.50 annually with $14,393.50 going to the Cooperative 
Program. The total amount designated for debt retirement and 
new building site was $30,600.00. 

On April 5, 1959, Doyle Moore, a member and a second 
year student at Mars Hill College, was licensed to the ministry. 
Doyle had led a youth revival at the church in the summer of 

Parkway Baptist Church 29 

The church paper was named "The Parkway Messenger" 
in April, 1959, upon the suggestion of Carl Andrews and the 
vote of the church. 

Parkway's first messengers to a Baptist State Convention 
were Rev. Eugene Deese, E. L. Richardson, Harold Jensen, 
Mrs. Grace Johnson, and W. A. Aydelette. This was a special 
called session that met in May, 1959 in Raleigh. 

In the regular business of May, 1959 the church voted to 
start a correlated program on Wednesday evenings. Also, the 
nominating committee was changed to the enlistment commit- 
tee to better reflect its duties. The summer picnic for the 
church, sponsored by the Sunday School, was set for July 1, 
1959. The vote was taken to use the Forward Program of 
Church Finance in the fall. 

The church permitted a Boy Scout troop to use a room in 
the spring, 1959 and sponsored the troop in the fall. The first 
scout investiture service was held on February 7, 1960 with 
Jerry Messick serving as scoutmaster of Troup 256. 

Mrs. Flora Cowan was employed to prepare the suppers on 
Wednesday evenings with assistance being given by Mrs. Lilly 
McGinley. A stove was purchased in July, 1959 for the kitchen. 

Church committees for this era of history were: personnel, 
music, committee on committees, pulpit, enlistment, house and 
grounds, love fund, church constitution, baptismal, audio- 
visual, ushers, visitation and finance. 

The church officially protested the opening of an ABC 
Liquor Store in Friendly Shopping Center. 

In September, 1959 the promotion date for all organiza- 
tions was moved from April 1 each year to October 16 to 
coincide with the public school year. 

A youth council was formed in October. 1959 to develop 
and coordinate future youth programs. 

30 Twenty Years of Service 

The Piedmont Baptist Association met in its annual session 
at Parkway on October 23, 1959. 

The associational letter for that year from Parkway re- 
flected the following statistics and information: Baptisms, 26; 
additions by letter, 55; loss by death, 1 (Mr. Floyd L. 
Montgomery, Sr.); resident membership, 380; non-resident 
membership, 13; total membership, 393; number of tithers, 
270; total value of church property, $325,000.00; Brotherhood 
enrollment, 60, with 12 enrolled in Royal Ambassadors; 
W.M.U. enrollment, 174 with 47 in Sunbeams, 30 in G.A.'s, 
10 in Y.W.A.'s and 87 in the Women's Missionary Society; 
grand total receipts to budget, $51,117.86, of which $3,594.78 
went to missions. 

The Sunday School enrollment of 587 was broken down to 
show: Cradle Roll, 14; Nursery, 63; Beginner, 54; Primaries, 
64; Juniors, 74; Intermediates, 40; Young People (single) 21; 
Young People (married) 9; Young People away, 7; Adults 
(25-34), 98; Adults (35 up), 140; Extension Department, 2; 
General Officers, 4. The average weekly attendance was 300. 

The Training Union enrollment was 242, divided as fol- 
lows: Nursery, 21; Beginners, 16; Primaries, 27; Juniors, 43; 
Intermediates, 30; Young People (single), 13; Adults (25-34), 
22; adults (35 up), 67; General Officers, 3. The average 
attendance was 147. 

The music ministry reported 15 enrolled in the primary 
choir, 25 in the Junior, and 25 in the Adult. Two general 
officers brought the total enrollment to 67. 

In November, 1959 the church authorized Carl Andrews, 
architect, to employ the services of Southern Mapping Com- 
pany to survey and map the church lots. A planning and 
development committee was proposed to plan for the church's 
future growth. 

The church endorsed a statement of the Greensboro Pastors 
Conference on Sunday observance, asking the businesses to 

Parkway Baptist Church 31 

remain closed and urging church members to refrain from 
buying on Sunday. The date was Sunday, November 22, 1959. 

On its first Thanksgiving as a constituted church Parkway 
sent a letter of thanks to the Asheboro Street Baptist Church, for 
what had been done by the mother church. The letter was dated 
November 28, 1959. 

A committee on constitution and by-laws was elected by 
the church in December, 1959 to draw up a proposed constitu- 
tion, by-laws, church covenant, articles of faith and rules of 
order. The committee reported back to the congregation with a 
document that was presented and discussed on February 14, 
1960. Changes were made in a further meeting on May 18, 
1960 with the final approval coming on June 19, 1960. 

The first plans for a church library were presented to the 
church on December 9, 1959 by Mrs. O. E. Hall. 

The first funeral held in the new building was that of W. A. 
Ellis, held on January 15, 1960 at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Eugene 
Deese and Dr. A. L. Parker officiated. 

The Piedmont Baptist Association received the Parkway 
Baptist Church into its full fellowship on January 18, 1960 at a 
meeting of its Executive Board. Those representing Parkway on 
this occasion were Rev. Eugene Deese, W. A. Aydelette, E. L. 
Richardson, Claude Gentry and Tom Adams. 

The planning and development committee turned out to be 
the planning and survey committee. Those elected to this work 
on March 20, 1960 were: Mrs. J. H. Teague, Mrs. G. L. 
Cheek, Mrs. J. T. Taylor, Mrs. W. A. Ellis, Mrs. W. R. 
Bryant, Tom Adams, Alton Barnes, Howard Brewer, Robert 
Barkley, James Fisher, W. A. Elkins, J. G. Simmons, W. A. 
Aydelette, Earl Johnson, and Wade Moore. 

Three actions by the church in the summer of 1960 im- 
proved the looks and facility of the grounds and building. The 
church voted to create a playground for the use of youth 


Twenty Years of Service 

activities. The trees between the building and Benjamin Park- 
way were cleared to give the church a better showing from the 
road. In July, 1960 the third floor of the building was air- 
conditioned, with a damper installed to switch it to the first 
floor for worship services. 

After the resignation of 
Mr. Deese, Dr. Parker was 
engaged to preach on a tem- 
porary basis. However, with 
the merger of the Battleground 
Road Baptist Church, its pas- 
tor, Rev. Roy Liner, became 
the interim pastor at Parkway. 

On July 17, 1960 the 
Parkway Baptist Church voted 
to accept the proposal of the 
Battleground Road Baptist 
Church to merge the two con- 
gregations. The Battleground 
Church had a building on Mar- 
tinsville Road just off Battleground Road and a nine room 
parsonage at 3302 Nathaniel Road. All property and all debts 
were transferred to Parkway, as well as the entire membership 
of 200 resident members and 29 non-resident. The property 
value was $75,000.00 with an indebtedness of $17,000.00. The 
active members at Battleground numbered approximately 125 
with an average attendance of 100-105. 

On July 24, 1960 those present from Battleground were 
received into the fellowship of Parkway, and the entire roll of 
the former church was transferred. Rev. and Mrs. Roy Liner 
and members were honored at a reception at Parkway on August 
21, 1960. 

Thus this period of history of the new church in northwest 
Greensboro closed on a positive note to compensate for the 

Roy S. Liner, Interim Pastor 
July 1960— September 1960 

Parkway Baptist Church 33 

crisis that had developed in the summer of 1960 that saw the 
pastor resign and a number of members withdraw to form the 
Westridge Baptist Church, which met in Claxton School. 

A church was lost in the merger and another church was 
born out of trying times. So goes the way of Baptists and the 
forming of new churches. This period closed in September, 
1960 to prepare the way for a new pastor and a decade of 
expansion, growth, and more crises. God's kingdom moves on 
through the church and in spite of its weaknesses and problems. 

34 Twenty Years of Service 






First Pastor Eugene F. Deese 

First Choir Director Wendell Arnote 

First Organist Mrs. Raymond Hill 

First Church secretary Mrs. Ann Floyd 

First S. S. Superintendent Earl Johnson 

First church clerk Mrs. Roy Davis 

Asso. Gilmer Cheek 

First S. S. Gen. Secretary O. E. Hall 

First W. M. U. President Mrs. Earl Johnson 

First Brotherhood Pres Oscar Hundley 

First Training Union Director Everette Richardson 

First Trustees Preston Smith 

W. A. Aydelette 
Herbert Teague 

First Finance Committee Earl Johnson 

E. P. Bradley 

Tom Adams 

Jessie Watson 

A. J. Allen 

First Board of Deacons Claude Gentry (Chairman) 

W. A. Aydelette 

Everette Richardson 

E. P. Bradley 

Herbert Teague 

Oscar Hundley 

James Transou 

John Eggers 

Jessie Watson 

First Treasurer W. A. Ellis 

Asso. Mrs. Earl Johnson 

First Librarian Mrs. O. E. Hall 

First Budget $75,680.50 

First Licensed for Ministry Doyle Moore 

First Minister of Education William A. Alexander 

Parkway Baptist Church 35 


Plans for starting a church library were presented by Mrs. 
O. E. Hall in December, 1959. 

Later Mrs. Kittie Sullivan, who was then church secretary, 
donated two hundred fifty books from her own collection to 
start the library. 

At first the books were kept in a portable cabinet that could 
be locked. After the present chapel and educational unit was 
completed in 1964, a conference room adjoining the chapel was 
converted into an interim library, with shelves installed for the 

Mrs. Sullivan placed the books on the shelves and acted as 
librarian. She started the practice of getting books from book 
stores on Mother's and Father's days to be purchased by church 
members and then placed in the library. This was a great help in 
adding books. 

Each year the church budgets money to be used to purchase 
books for the library. 

Mrs. O. E. Hall was the first official librarian elected by 
the church. She was well qualified for this position since she 
worked for the Greensboro City Schools as librarian. 

Mrs. Billie Jane Vasut was the next church librarian and 
was assisted by Mrs. LaVerne Wiggs. 

In 1969 Mrs. Leonard McGarity became librarian and still 
serves in that capacity. Her first assistant was Carolyn An- 
drews. At the present time she is assisted by Mrs. Tom 
Henderson and Ricky Andrews. 

When someone gives a book to the library in memory of 
another, the family is notified by letter. If someone donates a 
book to the library in honor of another, the one honored is 
notified by letter. 

At present there are over sixteen hundred books in our 
church library. 

Twenty Years of Service 
Chapter Three 


cuid (Safam&lofi/ 


BORN, WINSTON SALEM, North Carolina, May 7, 1929. Graduate 
Hanes High School, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1947. Attended Duke 
University 1947-1948. Graduate, Wake Forest University, Cum Laude, 
1951, with B.A. Degree. Graduate, Southwestern Baptist Theological 
Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, 1954 with B.D. degree. Received Th.D. 
1959. Converted 1938. Married to Dorrence Harriet Hull, June 1, 1953. 
Children, Wilson Lanning Jr. and Dorrence Lannette. Interim pastor, 
Macedonia Baptist Church, Tobaccoville, North Carolina, 1951. Pastor, 
Lehigh Baptist Church, Lehigh, Oklahoma, 1952-1953. Pastor, Frink Bap- 
tist Mission of First Baptist Church, McAlister, Oklahoma, 1953-1955. 
Pastor Parker Baptist Church, Parker, Texas, 1955-1957. Pastor, Walker- 
town Baptist Church, Walkertown, North Carolina, 1957-1960. Pastor 
Parkway Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1960-1970. As- 
sociate pastor and minister of education Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, 
Greensboro, North Carolina, 1970-1971. Pastor Sixteenth Street Baptist 
Church, 1971-1975. Interim pastor, Gate City Baptist Church, Greensboro, 
North Carolina, August, 1975. Interim pastor First Baptist Church, Ala- 
mance, North Carolina, September, 1975 to present. 



Parkway Baptist Church 37 


HE SECOND CALLED pastor of the Parkway Church was 
Dr. Wilson L. Stewart, who came to Greensboro after a three 
year pastorate at the Walkertown Baptist Church in Walker- 
town, North Carolina. The new pastor, his wife, Dorrence, and 
son, Lanning, moved into the newly acquired parsonage at 3302 
Nathaniel Road. The pastor's home had become the possession 
of the church when the Battleground Road Baptist Church 
merged with Parkway. The church received the pastor and 
family in a reception in the church fellowship hall on Wednes- 
day night, October 5, 1960. Dr. Stewart preached his first 
sermon as pastor on Sunday, October 9, 1960. 

The church was gracious to the pastor and his family 
through recognitions during the decade of service. Some of the 
highlights are: At Christmas in 1960, the church presented a 
lovely stereo to the Stewart family; 

On the second anniversary, the pastor was honored by the 
church at a supper in the fellowship hall. Dr. and Mrs. A. Leroy 
Parker, the pastor of the mother church and his wife, were 
invited to the affair, which was sponsored by the brotherhood of 
the church; 

A surprise fellowship was planned for the fifth anniver- 
sary, and the church presented the pastor's family with gifts, a 
lovely reclining chair going to the pastor; 

In 1968, the eighth anniversary was recognized by present- 
ing the pastor with a beautiful robe to use at weddings. 

The crowning event took place in 1969 to celebrate the ninth 
year of the pastor's service. The church, under the leadership of 
the deacons, presented to Dr. and Mrs. Stewart a wonderful trip 
to the Holy Land. The Stewarts left on January 4, 1970, from 
the Raleigh-Durham airport to fly to New York to join the tour 
group for departure on the fifth. After a ten day tour to Rome, 
Israel, Athens and Corinth, the pastor and Mrs. Stewart re- 

38 Twenty Years of Service 

turned to Parkway and gave a slide presentation to the church on 
the Sunday evenings of February 8 and 22. 

A daughter, Lannette, joined the Stewart family on Feb- 
ruary 9, 1963. 

In the fall of 1965, the pastor and his family moved to the 
church's house at 2707 Westmoreland Drive and the house on 
Nathaniel was sold. 

The pastorate of Dr. Stewart continued to June 30, 1970. 
Dr. Stewart resigned on April 25 to become a part-time teacher 
with the Luther Rice Seminary of Jacksonville, Florida. In 
connection with the seminary position, Dr. Stewart was called 
to become Associate Pastor and Minister of Education of the 
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Greensboro. His last service 
at Parkway was on June 28, 1970. A farewell supper was held 
for the Stewarts on Wednesday evening, June 24, 1970. 


The largest project of the Parkway church was the building 
program of constructing the chapel and the educational addi- 
tion. The Planning and Survey Committee received the floor 
and plot plans from the Architecture Department of the Sunday 
School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. These plans 
were presented to the church for adoption on October 18, 1961 . 

An important event in November of 1961 was the election 
of the Building Committee. This signaled the official beginning 
of the new additions. Those elected were: Chairman, Tom 
Henderson; Vice-Chairman, Roy Farlow; Secretary, Mrs. A. J. 

Sub-committees and members were: 

Plans and Construction: Gaylord Simmons, Chairman; C. 
H. Walker and Tommy Grantham. 

Parkway Baptist Church 39 

Finance: Bob Lentz, Chairman; Alton Barnes and Willard 

Legal: Herbert Teague, Chairman; Dick Routh and Jesse 

Publicity: Mrs. Kittie Sullivan, Chairman; Claude Gentry. 

Furnishings: Mrs. Ed Bradley, Chairman; George Leonard 
and Tom Adams. 

Nursery: Miss Helen Canaday, Chairman; Mrs. H. R. 
Phillips and Mrs. J. H. Brewer. 

Kitchen: Mrs. W. A. Elkins, Chairman; J. C. Jones and 
Jim Transou. 

Grounds: O. E. Hall, Chairman; Preston Smith and Carney 

The next major task was the selection of an architect. In 
January, 1962, Carl Andrews was employed to proceed with the 
plans. Mr. Andrews had been the architect for the first educa- 
tional unit and was the logical choice to continue the work on 
the new additions. 

By June, 1962, the church began the financing of the new 
structures. First the old bond program was revamped by calling 
in all the existing bonds to be redeemed or traded. Mr. Harold 
Jensen headed up this phase of the program as bondsman. New 
bonds totaling $65,000 were sold to replace the old bonds in 
order to remove the first mortgage on the building. This 
transaction was done to finance the new building through a loan 
as well as with bonds. This first phase of the bond program was 
completed by August, 1962. 

The plot plan was presented to the church in August, also. 
The months of September and October, 1962, were to have seen 
the plans adopted, released for bids, bids received from contrac- 
tors and contract awarded. The high cost of the building delayed 
the procedure, requiring further study and financial planning. 

40 Twenty Years of Service 

September, 1962, did call for an all-out effort to sell more 
bonds to raise new funds with which to build. A drive was 
begun to sell $92,000, the remaining amount of the new bond 

By October, 1962, the plans for the new educational 
building and chapel were ready. A beautiful water color paint- 
ing of the interior of the chapel showed the unusual design and 
artistry of architect Carl Andrews. Revisions were made to the 
plans in November, 1962, because the cost prohibited the 
church from doing the whole project at once. Changes that were 
made took months for meetings and revision. Financial ar- 
rangements had to be made because of the delays and the size of 
the structure. By May, 1963, there was some hope that con- 
struction would begin in the near future. 

The big news came in June, 1963: Go ahead! King-Hunter 
was awarded the general contractor's job for the amount of 
$180,262.00. Other contractors and the amounts were: 

Starr Electric Company $19,500.00 

Jackson plumbing Company $14,354.00 

Dick and Kirkman Heating Company $14,712.00 

The total for construction was $228,828.00. Gate City Savings 
and Loan made the construction possible by loaning the church 
the finances to add to the bond program already instigated. 

Special editions of the Parkway Messenger were put out, 
entitled the Parkway Builder to promote the building program. 
The Builder listed three special financial drives in the June 6, 
1963 issue. A building fund drive to raise $50,000.00 over a 
three year period was begun to raise funds for building and to 
help meet payments in the years ahead. The "Pocket Pig Club" 
was used to help children have a part in contributing to the 
building fund. The "Pocket Pig" bank held dimes amounting to 
three dollars. Several children filled more than one bank. The 
third drive was more bonds that needed to be sold. 

Parkway Baptist Church 


The ground breaking ceremonies were held on Sunday 
morning, August 11, 1963, at the eleven o'clock worship 
service. The first spade of dirt was turned by the pastor with an 
engraved shovel furnished by the contractor. This signaled the 
beginning of construction which was a long awaited event that 
finally became a reality when the big machines started moving 
the dirt. The construction took over one year to complete, 
because part of the building that was left off had to be added, 
which required new financial arrangements and caused some 

Ground breaking ceremony of second educational unit and chapel. — August 
11, 1963. 


Twenty Years of Service 

Parkway Baptist Church 


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After some further delay in completion of the new building 
and the day for entering, the day finally came on October 4, 
1964, when the first services could be held. For the first time 
the Parkway Baptist Church had a sanctuary in which to 
worship. The new chapel was beautifully constructed and deco- 
rated in contemporary styling. Funds had been raised for the 
purchase of a new Allen organ, which was installed for the first 
service. Attendance was high for the special event, but rain 
delayed the cornerstone laying which had been planned at the 
close of the service. A covered dish dinner was held in the 
fellowship hall. The day was climaxed by the observance of the 
Lord's Supper in the evening service. 


Several revivals were held during the years from 1960 to 
1970. The first meeting during this decade was held in April, 
1961, with the pastor doing the preaching. Dwayne Zimmer, 
Minister of Education and Music of the Ardmore Baptist 
Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, led the music. 
There were nine additions to the church. 

In the fall of 1961 Mr. Gary Harthcock, Associate Director 
of the Evangelism Division of the Baptist State Convention of 
North Carolina led an evangelistic workshop and revival meet- 
ing. Ryland Young led the singing for the revival services. 

Rev. Raymond Lanier preached during the week of ser- 
vices in April, 1962, replacing the Rev. Tom Young of Ashe- 
ville, who became sick and could not come. The music was led 
by Mr. Conrad Willmon, Minister of Education and Music at 
Magnolia Street Baptist Church in Greensboro. Six joined by 
letter and fifteen came for baptism during this crusade. 

The fall revival in 1962 was preached by the Rev. R. O. 
Baker, who served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of 
Cramerton, North Carolina. The church's choir director, Miss 
Elizabeth Ann Miller led the music. 


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Parkway Baptist Church 47 

Cottage prayer meetings in the homes and an all-night 
prayer meeting between the two weeks of revival laid the 
groundwork for the spiritual emphasis in the Spring of 1963. 
The pastor preached the first week with Bob Lentz leading the 
singing. The Rev. Frank Marks, pastor of Holloway Street 
Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina was the evangelist 
for the second week. Mr. Ed Miller, Music Director of the 
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church of Greensboro led the music. 
Eight additions to the church were noted during the revival. 

Rev. Elmer Painter was the evangelist for the revival in 
April, 1964. Furman Holt, the church's choir director, who had 
joined the staff the year before, led the music. The next year the 
pastor preached during the spring meeting with Mr. Holt again 
leading the choir and congregation. 

A real treat awaited the church as Rev. Troy Bennett, 
missionary to East Pakistan, came to bring the messages in 
October, 1965. 

The next major revival event was in the fall of 1968 and 
was perhaps the best publicized, best attended and received of 
all the meetings of the decade. Dr. Chester Swor, noted youth 
and revival speaker in the Southern Baptist Convention, was the 
evangelist. Jerry Merrimon came with Dr. Swor to lead the 
music. Dr. Swor with his dynamic personality, brought inspir- 
ing messages, beginning with a leadership banquet on Friday 
evening and a youth emphasis on Saturday evening. The meet- 
ing proper began on Sunday, September 15, 1968, and closed 
on Friday evening. 

The concluding series of revival services for these ten 
years of history were conducted in April of 1969 and included 
three churches and three weeks. The Eller Memorial Baptist 
Church and the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church joined with 
Parkway for the Crusade of the Americas, a continent-wide 
evangelistic crusade sponsored by several Baptist conventions 
in North and South America. 

48 Twenty Years of Service 

One week was held at each church with the pastors rotating 
with the preaching. The revival services were preceded by 
months of weekly prayer meetings attended by members from 
all three congregations and rotated among the churches. These 
prayer meetings continued for several months after the meetings 
were closed. Having begun out of a prayer meeting started by 
the three pastors, Rev. Gerald Primm, Rev. Alfred Wright, and 
Dr. Stewart, it was appropriate that the meeting should have 
been preceded and continued with the weekly emphases on 


During the period of 1960-1970 many staff members filled 
the positions that were needed in the church. Those who served 
in the field of church music will be discussed in the next 
section; all others will be presented here. 

The job as secretary was held by Mrs. Jean Allen, who was 
serving in the capacity in October, 1960, and continued until 
June, 1961. The church office at that time was on the second 
floor of the first educational building at the north end of the 
hall. The pastor's study was the room behind the baptistry on 
the first floor. 

Mrs. Ruth Wise was the next secretary coming to work for 
the church from the Sears Company. She served in this capacity 
until March, 1962. During this period the church offices were 
moved to the third floor of the education building in order to get 
all three offices together when the educational director came. 

Bill Alexander became the first educational director at 
Parkway in March, 1962. He came from the First Baptist 
Church in Whiteville. Bill was a native of Tarboro, North 
Carolina. For the first few months the family remained in 
Whiteville until a house, which was purchased by the church, 
was vacated. In June, 1962, the family moved into the house at 
2707 Westmoreland Drive, when Mrs. Alexander and the four 
children, Fran, Ann, Jan, and Stan came from Whiteville. 

Parkway Baptist Church 


Bill worked in every area 
of the church's educational 
program and with the youth in 
activities and recreation. He 
resigned in July, 1965, having 
served over three years with 
the church, to take a position 
as Bible teacher in the public 
schools of Kings Mountain, 
North Carolina. 

The church employed 
Mrs. Meda Howell to be the w 

church secretary in May, Minister of Education 

1962. Once again the church March 1962— July 1965 

office was moved, along with the pastor's study and the 
educational director's office. All were relocated on the first 
floor of the educational building at the back of the temporary 
sanctuary. Mrs. Howell served until June, 1963, leaving Park- 
way to become the educational director of the Bessemer Baptist 
Church of the same city. 

Mrs. Jean Capps filled the position for five months, 
resigning in January, 1964. 

The secretary who served the longest during this decade 
was Mrs. Kittie Sullivan who became secretary when Mrs. 
Capps resigned and continued in this position until May, 1969. 
Mrs. Sullivan retired from church work and moved to Knoxvil- 
le, Tennessee to live with her daughter. 

Miss Hazel Martin came to be the next church secretary 
and still serves in the capacity of secretary to the pastor. 

All of these staff members did a splendid job filling the 
important positions of educational director and church secretary 
with their many and varied tasks. They contributed greatly to 
the onward moving program of the church as well as to growth 
and expansion. Many of them, as well as their families, were 
active in all phases of church life. 

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The church was blessed to have capable and talented 
musicians during the sixties. All of these served in a part-time 
capacity, with some of the members filling in between staff 
members. Bob Lentz helped in this manner upon several occa- 
sions during the times between directors. 

The church called James Pegram in April, 1961 to be choir 
director. James was a native of Greensboro and had served at 
the First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He 
stayed only four months, leaving to take a job in Florida. Choir 
rehearsal was moved for a brief time in this period from 
Wednesday nights to Friday nights. 

Ryland Young was the next called director, coming to the 
church in September, 1961, after having led the music in the 
fall revival. He directed the music for the next six months, 
resigning in March, 1962. 

One of the two ladies who served as music director was 
Elizabeth Miller, who came to the position the last Sunday of 
August, 1962. A student at UNC-G, majoring in Music, she 
remained at Parkway until the fall of 1963, when she left to 
attend seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. 

The director who had the longest tenure of service was 
Furman "Hap" Holt who came to the staff position in 
November, 1963. Hap became active in the other activities of 
the church, such as youth work and serving as a deacon. In 
February 1967, he resigned to accept the music director's job at 
Guilford Baptist Church. 

The next three choir directors stayed only a brief time at 
Parkway. They were Ron Hill (April 1967 to December 1967); 
Steve Vaughn (January 1968 to August 1968); and David Pegg 
(July 1969 to April 1970). Ron Hill served a second time 
between Vaughn and Pegg. 

All of these directors did a good job with the choirs, some 

Parkway Baptist Church 51 

of them leading the youth choir as well as the adult. They were 
assisted by capable accompanists at the instruments. 

Mrs. Betty Hill was the organist during the years from 
1960 to April, 1965. She resigned when her husband, Ray, was 
transferred out of Greensboro with the Y.M.C.A. During this 
span of time. Miss Barbara Hanner and Mrs. Evelyn Hill played 
the piano. 

For more than a year, Mrs. Ruth Griffin played the organ, 
beginning in May, 1965 and continuing to June, 1966. 

Mrs. Griffin was followed by Mrs. Martha Rimmer, who 
served as organist for eight months from August, 1966 to April, 

The youngest organist to hold the position was Jackie 
Madon, who played while still a student in high school. 
Another student who played the piano was Cathy Chandler. 
Both of these young ladies served under Ron Hill's first direc- 

David Pegg became the next organist in February, 1968. 
During his stay he and the director Steve Vaughn played some 
beautiful organ-piano concerts. 


A list of the deacons of the Parkway Baptist Church is 
given elsewhere in this history. This section is presented here 
because of the stability and leadership of these men across the 
decade of the sixties. 

Those who served as chairmen were Ed Bradley, Bob 
Lentz, Tom Adams, Bobby Madon, Howard Brewer and Roy 
Farlow. These men carried great responsibility as they headed 
up the business affairs of the church. Some were called on to 
help with the expansion program of the new building, while 
others filled the gap during times of tension and stress. All of 
them supported the pastor and worked in close harmony with 

52 Twenty Years of Service 

him. They were recognized as special guests on the last Sunday 
of Dr. Stewart's ministry in 1970. 


The youth of the church were very active during the 
1960's. During most of this period the activities were planned 
and carried out by a youth council, composed of representatives 
from the Junior and Senior High Departments. Each year a 
youth week was held when the young people filled the teaching 
and administrative positions of the church. This week was 
always a highlight in the program of the church. 

Recreational events were many and varied, with teams 
from the church participating in softball, basketball and football 
leagues. These were coached by the men of the church and at 
times by the Educational Director, Bill Alexander. 

Drama became a major activity among the youth. Some of 
the plays produced were, The Youngest Thief, End of the 
Rainbow, Antic Spring, Little Red Schoolhouse, and The 
Littlest Angel. Mrs. Doris Johnson and Mrs. Sue Andrews 
were the main leaders in the drama department and were aided 
by many others who helped. 

Two of the young people who had been called into full 
time Christian service were Linda Elkins and Doyle Moore. 
Linda attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 
Fort Worth, Texas, where she met and married the Rev. Erby 
Mangum. Doyle was ordained on September 30, 1962 to the 
ministry and became the pastor of the mission of Balfour 
Baptist Church, Asheboro, N. C. 

For the summer of 1969, Miss Rebecca Taylor, a student at 
Mars Hill College, was the youth director. A native of 
Goldsboro, Miss Taylor was one of the college students chosen 
by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina to work in 
the churches across the state. She led all phases of the youth 
activities for the summer and did a fine job with the youth. 

Parkway Baptist Church 53 

Many of the young people attended the assembly at Fort 
Caswell during the summers. Chaperoned by the adults of the 
church, these youth received great spiritual inspiration from the 
programs and from the fellowship of being together. 

Other activities included the associational youth banquets, 
state youth conventions and the city-wide musicals, such as 
Good News. A Youth Laymen's Day was held on January 27, 

1963, and the youth had charge of both the services. John David 
McGee, a student at Mars Hill College, spoke at the morning 
service and Doyle Moore at the evening service. A group of 
forty students from Gardner-Webb College led a youth revival 
in April, 1970. Larry Thomas and Charlie Morrison were the 

An active Boy Scout troop was sponsored by the church 
and was led during many of these years by Carney Allgood and 
Jerry Messick. Eight boys in the church and/or troop received 
the Eagle Scout Award: Joe and Kirby Faulk, Sankey and Ricky 
Price, Gene and Joe Fuller, Bill Teague, and Donny Cole. 


An important part of any church is the Sunday School. At 
Parkway this was no exception. The Sunday School was the 
instrument of reaching many new people during the 1960's. 

Three men led this organization during this time. They 
were Harold Phillips, Earl Johnson and John Pike. Many other 
dedicated workers followed their leadership through years of 
expansion, organizational changes, and times of crises. 

The enrollment of the Sunday School was 619 in October, 
1960. This figure grew to an enrollment of 717 in December, 

1964, which was the highest for this decade of history. Atten- 
dance grew from an average of 331 for the month of October, 
1960 to a record- high attendance of 480 on March 22, 1964. 
The construction of the new building, a full staff, and the return 
of the members from the Westridge Baptist Church spurred the 

54 Twenty Years of Service 

high enthusiasm in the church during these months of high 

Each year in the fall the Sunday School would sponsor a 
church-wide picnic. These events were held at the Country 
Park, Hagan Stone Park and the church. Recreation preceded 
the covered dish supper, which reflected the talents of the good 
cooks of the church. 

Some of the leaders of the Sunday School attended Caswell 
and Ridgecrest at various intervals to receive the training and 
inspiration offered at these summer assemblies. A group that 
went to Caswell enjoyed the teaching of Dr. Findley Edge, 
whose books were studied in the weekly officer's and teacher's 

Because of the growing pains, the organization was 
changed many times to make the membership fit the space in 
the building. For several months the men met in the General 
Greene School auditorium which was rented from the city. The 
youth were restructured in 1961 into Junior and Senior High 
departments to follow the pattern of the public schools. In 
January, 1967, a couples class was organized, which permitted 
husbands and wives to attend the same class for the first time. 
The class proved to be needed, because it grew rapidly and 
reached new couples. 

For a brief period of time the Sunday School workers 
received training during the Training Union hour in classes 
provided for the adult, youth and children's divisions. On other 
occasions parents' night was held to better acquaint parents 
with what their children were receiving and to seek to make 
better relations between the youth and their parents. 

Vacation Bible Schools were conducted each summer for 
either five, eight or ten days duration. These always were a 
delight to the children, were served by a capable staff of 
volunteer workers, and were concluded with a commencement 
program. The youth division changed from being a part of the 

Parkway Baptist Church 55 

morning program of the Bible School to having evening ses- 
sions, called the youth forum. 

Although there was some increase in the enrollment of the 
Sunday School and several months of high attendance the 
organization maintained a rather level measure of performance 
due to the crises that the church went through. The real success 
of the Bible teaching ministry was not measured in numbers, 
but in the quality of work done and the people reached over the 
ten years of this period of history. 


Parkway had an active Training Union during the 1960's, 
with several new ventures tried to reach more people and 
provide better training. 

In the fall of 1962, a new course of study was offered for 
adults. Instead of the regular unions where the program was 
presented from quarterlies, classes were provided for various 
subjects to be taught and for the divisions of the Sunday School 
to receive training. This change produced the all time high 
attendance of 191 on the opening night of October 4, 1962. The 
courses or divisions and teachers were as follows: 

Children's Workers Miss Helen Canaday 

Youth Workers William A. Alexander 

Adult Workers Wilson L. Stewart 

Christian Ethics Mrs. Meda Howell 

Evangelism Robert L. Lentz 

Music Miss Elizabeth Miller 

At the same time a new time schedule was adopted for the 
Sunday evening services. The order was reversed with the 
evening worship service coming before the Training Union 
hour. The time was altered, also, to meet at the earlier times of 
5:30 for the evening worship service and 6:30 for Training 
Union. This time schedule was popular with the congregation 
and with some alterations for the summer months was followed 
for several years. 

56 Twenty Years of Service 

The beginning of the new church year in October, 1969 
brought another change. The evening worship service was 
combined with the adult Bible study, and the class met at 6:30 
P.M. while the other age groups were in their training unions. 

Other activities sponsored by the Training Union were: (1) 
trips to Caswell for the youth (2) an annual fish fry, that was 
held for several years; (3) backyard studies during the summer; 
and (4) fellowships on Sunday evenings. 


The mission education and ministry of the church is carried 
out by the Woman's Missionary Union and the Brotherhood. 
The 1960's brought great change to both of these programs on 
the Southern Baptist Convention level. Parkway adopted these 
new structures in the local organizations. 

The W.M.U. has always been the stronger department of 
the missions program. At the beginning of the decade the W. 
M.U. consisted of the Woman's Missionary Society, the Young 
Women's Auxiliary, the Girl's Auxiliary, and the Sunbeams. 
The new organization provided groups named Baptist Women, 
Acteens, Girls in Action and Mission Friends. 

The ladies met monthly in a general meeting at the church 
and in group meetings in the homes. Missionary programs were 
presented and various projects were planned to minister to 
others. The ladies actively supported all phases of Southern 
Baptist mission programs: Foreign, home, state and associa- 
tional. Offerings were taken annually for these areas of work, 
with the amounts growing steadily over the years. 

The youth and children groups met weekly or twice 
monthly as suited to the age groups. Special weeks were held 
each year in recognition of each group. One of the most 
meaningful and beautiful ceremonies was the coronation service 
for the G.A.'s. Associational week long camps were attended 
by the girls, except for the sunbeams who only went for the day. 

Parkway Baptist Church 57 

The Brotherhood was the name for the men's missionary 
organization. The boys went under the name of Royal Ambas- 
sadors. Later during the 1960's the name for the men and boys 
became Brotherhood with the men taking on a new title, Baptist 
Men, and the boys retaining their old name. The age groups for 
the boys were Crusaders, Pioneers and Ambassadors. The 
Brotherhood was not as strong as the W.M.U., but did manage 
to survive through meetings and activities for this period of 

Both organizations sponsored the weeks of prayer and 
offerings for foreign, home and state missions. In 1966 the state 
missions emphasis included not only the work of state missions 
in general, but combined the offerings for the Homes for the 
Aging, The Children's Homes, The Baptist Hospital and the 
colleges in one emphasis. More was raised in this drive for each 
cause than had been given separately before. 

Many special speakers came to the church with varied 
mission emphases. Dr. W. R. Grigg taught a home mission 
study in 1962. The week of prayer for foreign missions was 
highlighted in 1963 by missionary Glenn Hix's message. Other 
speakers were Miss Ola Lee, Rev. Bill Simmer, Dr. Frank Lide 
and Mr. and Mrs. James Lockeridge. 

The W. A. Mitchiners spoke to a meeting sponsored by the 
Baptist Men in 1965. The men heard Mr. Walter Anderson, 
former S.B.I, chief, speak during the same year. 

The Brotherhood observed Baptist Men's Day (formerly 
Laymen's Day) in the church one Sunday in January of each 
year. The men took charge of the morning service. 

Several of the R.A. boys attended the association at R.A. 
camp, when Dr. Stewart was associational R. A. leader. Five of 
the boys, Jimmy Brewer, David Pike, Alan Wiggs, Donny 
Cole, and Franky Andrews, along with the pastor who went as a 
sponsor, enjoyed the trip to the National R. A. Congress in 
Oklahoma City in 1968. 

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Many general church events occurred during the decade 
between 1960 and 1970. 

In the fall of 1961 two morning worship services were 
begun. There were 115 present for the 8:30 A.M. service on 
October 1 . These double services continued until the last 
Sunday in July, 1962, and the early service was never used 

A church directory was printed in November, 1 96 1 , for the 
use of the members in knowing the church organization and 

A second house was purchased by the church for the use of 
the Minister of Education and his family. Bill Alexander and 
family moved into the house at 2707 Westmoreland in June, 

A 3.86 acre plot was purchased from the Starmount Com- 
pany for a cost of $22,750. This property was to the west of the 
two sections that the church had purchased previously. The 
additional land increased the total amount of land owned to nine 
acres. Buying this property removed the need for Robinhood 
Drive to be built behind the church, and the city removed the 
dedication from the land to be used for the street. 

In June, 1963 extended services were begun for four and 
five-year-olds during the morning service. This was an aid to 
the children and the parents of these ages. 

One of the highlights of the decade was the return of many 
of the Westridge Baptist Church members to Parkway. They 
had formed a new congregation in 1960 during a time of crisis 
at Parkway. Thirteen of the Westridge group joined on 
November 3, 1963, with others coming later. 

Several conventions and associational meetings were held 
at the church. The N.C. Alumni Association of Southwestern 
Baptist Theological Seminary met in the fellowship hall for 

Parkway Baptist Church 59 

their annual meeting in November, 1964. A statewide Church 
Building Conference used the facilities in October, 1966 for one 
of its meetings. 

Five churches joined together to hold an annual Thanksgiv- 
ing service on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving 
Day. The first meeting was held at the Lawndale Baptist Church 
in 1965, with Parkway, Lawndale, West Irving Park Methodist 
Church, Guilford Park Presbyterian Church and St. Francis 
Episcopal church participating. The services rotated among the 
churches and the pastors led the program, with a different pastor 
preaching the sermon each year. 

A collection of books had been made available for reading 
which composed "The Church Library." This phase of the 
work was organized in January, 1964, by the Library Commit- 
tee. Mrs. O. E. Hall, a member and a school librarian, was 
instrumental in beginning this work and in having the books 
processed. When the new building was complete in 1964, the 
Library had a nice room with adequate shelves, table and 

The annual custom of decorating the chapel at Christmas 
with poinsettias was begun in 1965. They made a beautiful 
display in the new chapel. The next spring at Easter the custom 
was extended by putting Easter lilies in the chapel windows and 
about the pulpit. 

The tenth anniversary of the organization of Parkway 
Baptist Church was held on March 10, 1966. Dr. Leroy Parker, 
the pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, and the mission 
pastor of Parkway from 1956-59, preached the sermon. Dinner 
was served in the fellowship hall following the morning service. 

A unique service was held at Parkway on February 26, 
1967. The First Moravian Church in Greensboro joined with 
Parkway to have a Moravian Love Feast. Moravian pastor, 
Rev. Lewis Swaim, brought the message, after which coffee 
and Moravian buns were passed to the combined congregations. 

60 Twenty Years of Service 

The service was truly symbolic of Christian unity during 
Brotherhood month. 

Other special events were: A piano concert by Paul 
Beckwith of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship; a message by 
Dr. Karlis Leyasmeyer on communism; a message on the 
revival in the Scottish Hebrides Islands in the 1950's by Dr. 
Owen Murphy; and a concert by the King's College Choir. 

In May, 1967, there was a fellowship featuring a cake 
bake. All the cakes were baked by members, young and old. 
Prizes were awarded for six different categories. 

A ceremony for renewing the wedding vows of couples 
was held on Sunday, May 21 , 1967. Each couple was reminded 
of the vows that they had taken and the responsibility of keeping 
these vows. 

A special Ladies Day was held in May, 1967. Mrs. Clyde 
V. Hickerson was the speaker for the morning service on May 
28, 1967. Several ladies of the church had part on the program. 

For two summers (1967 and 1968) the church secretary, 
Mrs. Kittie Sullivan, conducted a Bible Explorer's Club for 
children. This was a popular event and was well attended. Bible 
study, visual aids, and handwork constituted the activities of 
this weekday program. 

For several years the men of the church had a bowling 
team. In 1967 they won the championship of their league. 
Those who played were Ralph Barnes, Alton Barnes, Jim 
Thurman, Tommy Grantham and Jack Foxworth. 

The chapel was air-conditioned in July, 1967, with much 
of the work being done by the men. The members contributed 
above their regular giving to make this possible. It was a much 
needed project. 

The fellowship hall received new stage curtains in June, 
1968. These were made possible by the ladies' classes, which 
were the Gleaners, the Joy, the Fidelis, and the Steadfast. 

Parkway Baptist Church 61 

Mrs. Claude Sasser, Mrs. A. H. McNeal and Mrs. Clyde 
Haithcook made the curtains. The next year, 1969, the back of 
the fellowship hall was decorated with blinds and drapes. All of 
this added greatly to the beauty and usefulness of this much 
used area. 

When the hurricane, Camille, struck the Gulf Coast in 
1969, the church raised $61 .00 to be sent to Mississippi for the 
relief of those in distress. 


The kindergarten for five-year-olds began in the fall of 
1964 with Mrs. Carolyn Bilyew as lead teacher. There were 26 

Along with the kindergarten, a nursery school was opened 
for three and four-year-olds. These groups were a part of the 
day care program that opened at the same time. Mr. D. Russell 
Myers, Jr. was the director with Miss Betty High serving as 

The volunteer staff adviser for the entire weekday program 
was a Parkway member, Miss Helen Canaday, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Home Economics at the University of North Carolina 
at Greensboro. Her knowledge and background made this 
ministry possible. 

The day care program offered full time and part time care 
for children, ages five and under. Provision was made also to 
care for elementary school children of working mothers after 
school. Lunch was served to those who needed this service. 

The five year kindergarten continued through the decade, 
with Mrs. Dawson Lee becoming the lead teacher. The four 
year program was continued until February, 1965. dropped 
then, and was begun again in the fall of 1967. 

The day care center was short lived, lasting only a little 
more than three months. The center was closed because of 
financial difficulties. 

62 Twenty Years of Service 


The Parkway church was active in the Piedmont Baptist 
Association during this time. Groups attended the "M" night 
programs each year that they were held. The organizations 
participated in the training clinics and inspirational programs 
that were provided. 

The pastor taught a course on theology in the winter of 
1961. Other classes were held in preaching, religious educa- 
tion, and the Old and New Testament. 

The church contributed regularly to the support of the 
association. Support was given to the regular program, the 
athletic union and the camp at Lakewood. 

The annual associational meeting was held at Parkway in 
October, 1964. The pastor served as program chairman for the 
annual session in 1965. The associational Royal Ambassador 
clinic and banquet was held at the church in 1967, when the 
pastor served as Associational R.A. leader. 

The church, also, supported the causes of the Baptist State 
Convention of North Carolina, and the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention. Five members attended the Baptist World Alliance in 
Miami in 1965. These members were Mr. and Mrs. Tom 
Henderson, Mrs. Kittie Sullivan, and Mr. and Mrs. W. A. 

Parkway Baptist Church 
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Born, Greensboro, North Carolina, August 18, 1942. Graduate 
Greensboro High School, 1960. Graduate, University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina with B.A. Degree, 1964. Graduate, South- 
western Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, with B.D. 
degree, 1967. Exchanged for M.Div., 1969. Graduate Southeastern Baptist 
Theological Seminary with Doctor of Ministry degree. Converted, March 
24, 1956. Baptized Florida Street Baptist Church, Greensboro, North 
Carolina, April 22, 1956. Called to preach 1959. Licensed to preach by 
Florida Street Baptist Church, May 9, 1962. Ordained at Florida Street 
Baptist Church August 13, 1967. 

Married to Judith Gail OTerrell, February 1, 1964. Children: Mark 
Andrew and Amy Rene. Pastoral Intern, Travis Avenue Baptist Church. 
Fort Worth, Texas, 1965. Assistant pastor, Florida Street Baptist Church, 
1966. Pastor, Westfield Baptist Church. Westfield, North Carolina, 1967- 
1970. Associate pastor. Hunter Street Baptist Church, Birmingham. 
Alabama, 1970-1971. Pastor, Parkway Baptist Church, Greensboro. North 
Carolina, 1971. 



Twenty Years of Service 

Dr. Ronald E. Wall 

Interim Pastor 

April 1970— July 1971 


Parkway Baptist Church 
proved her flexibility in the 
first half of the decade some- 
times called the "era of chao- 
tic change in the church." In 
1970, Dr. Wilson L. Stewart 
resigned as pastor after serv- 
ing faithfully for ten years. 
The church called Dr. Ronald 
E. Wall to lead during the in- 
terim period which stretched 
out to thirteen months. When 
Dr. Charles H. Howell ac- 
cepted the call of the church in 
1971 to become her fourth pastor, the congregation met the 
challenge to evaluate her resources and to identify the needs of 
the community. The people laid the foundation for a dynamic 
ministry. A final foundation stone was placed in October, 1975, 
with the calling of Mr. Larry H. Austin to serve the church as 
minister of education and administrator. 


The spirit of the pastoral ministries in the first half of the 
seventies responded to the changing conditions of the people. 
The structure was basically through proclamation, ministry and 
worship. The most significant development was the growth of 
the practice of the priesthood of believers. Worship was more 
informal and fellowship among the people grew. 

Ronald Wall had recently retired after thirty-five years in 
the ministry when he came to Parkway. His last full-time pulpit 
ministry was the College Park Church of Greensboro. Through 
the years he gained a reputation as a scholar and a skillful 
pastor. His sensitivity and his energy made him a most effective 

Parkway Baptist Church 65 

interim pastor. He preached his first sermon at Parkway July 5, 
1970. He preached almost every Sunday until August 1 , 1971 . 

Dr. Wall's sermons were always characterized by a Bibli- 
cal base and a strong supportive emphasis. He began his 
preaching ministry at Parkway with a sermon entitled "Refus- 
ing to Enter the Kingdom" based on Luke 15:25-32. The 
following titles reflect the nature of Dr. Wall's ministry: "God 
Is Love, " "Make the Best of It," "Can We Make it Better?", 
"He Leadeth Me," and "Let Us Reason Together." As the 
weeks grew to months without a pastor being called, Dr. Wall's 
messages matched the needs of the people. "What Do We 
Really Want?", he asked. He encouraged the people with 
"Measuring a Church" and the "Message of Spring. " His final 
sermon at Parkway on July 25, 1971, was "Building Up the 
Church." His text was I Corinthians 14:1-33. 

Charles Howell began his preaching ministry the next 
Sunday with a similar message, "Building a Great Church." 
The pulpit ministry of Dr. Howell in the first half of the 
seventies is divided into three parts: evangelistic, consecrative 
and doctrinal. A careful study of the sermons preached during 
these years demonstrates a consistent emphasis on the good 
news of salvation through Christ. The major emphasis of the 
pulpit ministry during this period, however, was to call the 
people to a full commitment to God. The pastor challenged the 
Christians to dedicate to God all the resources under their 
control, including time, talent and personality. The doctrinal 
messages of this period underscored two important themes for 
the "chaotic seventies." One was the doctrine of the Holy 
Spirit and the other was the doctrine of the priesthood of 

The evangelistic emphasis of the preaching ministry is 
reflected in the 124 baptisms recorded from 1971 to 1975. 
Unique among those baptisms were the pastor's seventy-one 
year old grandfather, Henry C. Heath (October 31, 1971), and 
the first black member, Louis Robinson (December 23, 1973). 

56 Twenty Years of Service 

The thirty-four baptisms performed in 1973 were the most 
recorded during any year of the church's history. (These and 
other statistics are based on the Associational Minutes.) 

Another unique evangelistic ministry at Parkway occurred 
November 5-10, 1972. Bob Harrison, a black evangelist from 
San Francisco, preached for the fall revival. Though this event 
was almost ignored by the media, it was a historical first for 
Greensboro, the city where the race revolution of the fifties and 
sixties began with a sit-in at the F. W. Woolworth Company. 
Parkway has always demonstrated the spirit of Christ in matters 
of race and evangelism. She has been a leader in this area in 
North Carolina. 

The major portion of Dr. Howell's preaching ministry 
would have to be characterized as consecrative. Of the 500 
sermons preached during this period, 200 were actional ser- 
mons calling for dedication. A good example of the meaning of 
this ministry and its results in the life of the church is illustrated 
in the area of stewardship. In the four years, 1971 to 1975, 
money was very seldom mentioned from the pulpit. There were 
no sermons calling for more and more contributions. There 
were, perhaps, three sermons which called for total stewardship 
of time, talent and money. The overture was that if the people 
are committed the money will be available for the work of the 
kingdom. The church had only one formal stewardship promo- 
tion (November, 197 1 ) in the four years. That called for pledges 
to tithe. The budget and the receipts rose from $82,000 in 1971 
to $135,000 in 1975. 

The doctrinal emphasis of the pulpit ministry stressed two 
major themes: the Holy Spirit and the priesthood of believers. 
The doctrine of the Holy Spirit was important at Parkway in the 
early seventies because a number of the members joined the 
swelling group of neo-pentecostals or charismatics which per- 
meated the Christian community in Greensboro and around the 
world. A lack of concern for the ministry of the Holy Spirit by 
Baptists through the years left a void in the understanding of 

Parkway Baptist Church 67 

this doctrine and consequently in the experience of the power of 
the person of the Holy Spirit. Extra-church groups began to 
expound the doctrine during the sixties. By the seventies these 
neo-pentecostal groups were making inroads in all the major 
denominations. The people were hungry for a more satisfying 
emotional experience and a more dynamic religious experience. 
This movement promised both. With it came some confusion 
about the Biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit and his role in the 
Christian life. 

The neo-pentecostals strengthened the work at Parkway in 
the beginning. They believed firmly that the Holy Spirit works 
in the lives of believers to perform the will of God. They 
believe thai the church of the seventies needs more people 
yielded to the Spirit. Their involvement in ministry and their 
proclamation of the power of the Holy Spirit are spontaneous. 
Their zeal is genuine. 

By 1974 at least forty leading members of the congregation 
were actively supporting a neo-pentecostal theology and minis- 
try. A fourth of the deacons, including the chairman, were 
charismatic in persuasion. 

Their zeal threatened the average church member. He 
could not understand all the excitement. The life-style of the 
charismatic, of course, is different from that learned in the 
traditional Baptist church. Speaking in tongues and faith heal- 
ing are activities of the pentecostals, not Baptists. The tendency 
is to reject the experience completely. 

The attitude of the pulpit during these years, however, was 
one of appreciation of the strengths of the movement and of the 
doctrine of the Holy Spirit. No less than forty-eight sermons 
were preached on the various aspects of this doctrine. Always 
the strengths of the charismatics were underlined. They have a 
genuine commitment to the Bible, a real dependence on the 
Holy Spirit and a warm enthusiasm for ministry. Ninety per 
cent of their doctrine, any conservative student of the Bible will 

68 Twenty Years of Service 

agree, is accurate. The ten per cent is critical, however. That 
required a firm but loving stand on the part of the pastor. He 
stated unequivocally his position on the doctrinal issues. 

A second major theme of the doctrinal emphasis of the 
pulpit was the concept of the priesthood of believers. This 
doctrine has come to mean to most Baptists that a person can 
pray without a priest. The New Testament concept obviously is 
far more than that. Every Christian is a priest, or to put it in 
more contemporary language, every Christian is a minister. 
Whatever one's occupation or avocation, his basic calling is to 
minister Christ's redemptive mission in the world. 

This common thread ran through the messages and Bible 
teachings of Dr. Howell from January, 1973, through April, 
1974. It coincided with his study at Southeastern Baptist Semi- 
nary. In May, 1974, he was awarded the Doctor of Ministry 
degree for his work in developing the ministry of believers. Dr. 
Howell's project for the degree was "Developing the Ministry 
of the Believers at Parkway Baptist Church." 

"Every Christian a minister" had its effects in the lives of 
the people. Not only did they find new meaning in the routine 
task of day to day living, but they also took a more active role in 
the care of souls in the church and community. This verified the 
nature of the doctrine that the individual believer is responsible 
for ministry and that the church is responsible for carrying on 
the work of Christ in the community. 

A deacon shared what this message had meant in his life. 
He understood for the first time that he is a minister even though 
his vocation is an executive in an industrial company. As a 
college student he was impressed to enter a church vocation but 
did not. With this new insight into ministry, he was freed from 
the guilt that plagued him for not entering the career ministry. 
He accepted a new commission from God to minister where he 
lived and worked. He already served faithfully as a Sunday 
School teacher, committee chairman, church visitor and 
deacon. Now his workday was his ministry too. 

Parkway Baptist Church 69 

A number of neighborhood Bible studies and prayer groups 
sprang up as men and women sought to express their faith 
where they lived. A Bible study group began meeting 
downtown at lunch. 

An evening group met weekly at a different home. The 
group grew to forty or fifty persons a week. There was a 
charismatic accent in this Thursday night meeting. The leaders 
were also leaders in the church. Each Thursday night someone 
would lead a Bible study then the group would sing and pray for 
the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Frequently, there would be a 
"word of knowledge," i.e., someone would sense a need 
among the group. Some than laid hands on the person in need 
and prayed. Speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues 
were a part of the meeting. Sometimes there would be a 
"prophecy, " i.e., a word from God through a "prophet" about 
the future. Sometimes demons were exorcised. 

This Thursday night prayer group caused some confusion. 
Many people attended who had never known that kind of 
experience. Some were frightened. Some were enraged. Some 
were convinced. Some simply were bewildered. 

The influence of this group dwindled. A positive maturing 
force grew out of this for the congregation. More Bible study, 
more soul searching and more serious consideration of basic 
beliefs resulted in a better informed and capable "priesthood." 

Perhaps a more significant caring ministry demonstrated 
the priesthood of the believers in the development of the deacon 
ministry during the seventies. In the interim year, July, 1970- 
August, 1971, it was necessary for the deacons to act as the 
board of directors of the congregation. They became primarily 
an administrative body. With the emphasis on ministry among 
the members of the body of Christ, the deacons were forced to 
take a closer look at their function in the church. Nineteen 
seventy-one and 1972 were years of introspection. Most of the 
meetings were spent discussing the role and the ministry of a 
deacon. Finally the men were ready to write down the function. 

70 Twenty Years of Service 

the requirements and the duties of a deacon. The 1975 class of 
deacons (enlisted in October, 1972) and all the subsequent 
classes agreed to the following contract. 

The principal function of a deacon at Parkway Baptist 
Church: In accordance with the meaning of the word and the 
practice of the New Testament, deacons are to be servants of the 
church. They are to guard the unity of the spirit within the 
church. They, with the pastor, have general oversight of the 

The requirements for a deacon at Parkway: He will have 
been a member of the church at least two years or have had 
previous experience as a deacon in another missionary Baptist 
church. He will be able to attend all of the regular and called 
meetings of the deacons. He will be a faithful and loyal 
supporter of the entire church program and be regular in 
attendance at all the general meetings within the church prog- 
ram. He will be a tither in belief and practice and be a faithful 
and loyal supporter of the missionary program of the church and 
denomination. His spiritual standards will be in keeping with I 
Timothy 3:9-13 and Acts 6:3. 

Through duties the deacon will attempt, along with the 
pastor, to proclaim the gospel to believers and unbelievers, to 
care for the church's members and other persons in the com- 
munity and to lead the church in performing its tasks of 
worship, witness, education and ministry. 

In worship the deacon will be faithful and regular in 
attending the morning and evening worship and prayer meeting. 
He will lead his family in regular family worship and he shall 
develop in his own personal life a daily quiet time with God. 

In witness and ministry the deacon will visit weekly. His 
priorities should be evangelistic prospects, problems, shut-ins 
and other members. He will average at least two hours a week 
visiting. He will participate in any deacon visitation effort and 
make reports of his visits at the monthly deacons' meeting. He 

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will attend a training session on witnessing and one on minister- 
ing during his first year as a deacon. 

In administration he will set a good example by faithfully 
discharging the duties of any additional church office or com- 
mittee to which he may be elected. The deacons advise the 
pastor in all matters pertaining to the welfare and work of the 
church and the deacons have oversight of the discipline of the 
church in accordance with the New Testament teachings 
(Matthew 18:15-17). 

By example the deacon will conduct himself at all times in 
a way that brings honor to the name and cause of Christ and 
credit to the church and community. He will conduct himself so 
as never to cause embarrassment to the church and the cause of 
Christ. His social and moral standards shall be above question. 

In 1973 the deacons adopted the family ministry program. 
The church assigned twenty families to each deacon. Because 
of the difficulty of ministering to twenty families, the school of 
deacons was expanded from fifteen to eighteen in June, 1975. 
Now each deacon serves about fifteen families. 

The deacons meet each month for fellowship, prayer and 
training. Business is only an incidental part of the monthly 
meetings. The Finance Committee and the House and Grounds 
Committee report directly to the deacons each month by order 
of the church constitution. These are generally just reports. 
Most of the time is spent in praying for family needs and 
training to meet those needs. 

The worship services were more relaxed and informal 
during these years. Personal testimonies were frequently a part 
of the services. Simpler music and more congregational singing 
were encouraged. The children's sermon was introduced as a 
regular part of the worship experience on August 22, 1971. In 
the beginning the pastor told a short Bible story to the children 
who gathered around him at the front of the church. This 
punctuated the service, coming in the middle of the hour after 

72 Twenty Years of Service 

the offering and before the anthem. Later other staff members 
and volunteers taught the children, but it remained an important 
part of the worship experience. 

The ordinances were given a more prominent place in 
worship in the seventies. Baptism and the Lord's Supper were 
observed in alternate months. The entire service was given to 
the ceremony. At first both were observed at a morning service. 
But because the temporary baptistry is located in the fellowship 
hall of the church and the morning crowds are too large for this 
area, baptism is observed on Sunday evenings. 

Variety has been a part of the Lord's Supper. Beginning 
with Christmas, 1973, this ordinance has been observed on 
Christmas day. Families take the bread and wine at the table. 
This brief, beautiful service is well attended and makes a 
profound impact on the worshippers. The Supper has also been 
a part of churchwide fellowships and an annual occasion on 
Maundy Thursday. 

Bible Teaching 

The spirit and structure of the Bible teaching program 
emerges through a study of the Sunday School, Vacation Bible 
School, fellowship Bible groups and Bible conferences. In the 
seventies the Sunday School remained the largest, best or- 
ganized and most effective program for Bible teaching. John 
Pike, who began his service July 25, 1965, continued to direct 
the organization through the seventies. 

The average attendance by 1971 had fallen to 215 from an 
all time high 383 in 1964. This called for evaluation. September 
20-22, 1971, was the first annual leadership preparation week 
under Dr. Howell's ministry. The teachers and officers were 
asked to define the needs of the Sunday School and to set some 
goals. The needs defined were leadership training and outreach. 
In order to train teachers and leaders the school adopted the 
"Teacher Improvement Plan" which involved a self-taught 
course of study for each age group. Three programs were 

Parkway Baptist Church 73 

suggested: Christian development, Bible teaching and Christian 
leadership. Each teacher was asked to commit himself to one of 
the study programs. 

The teacher completed the course in six weeks, studying at 
home and answering the questions for individual credit. The 
success of the program is measured by the fact that Parkway 
was fifth among all North Carolina churches in credits earned 
for study courses that year. 

Outreach was a second need set fourth at the 1971 leader- 
ship preparation week. The school set a goal that every teacher 
visit and every absentee and prospect be contacted. The Person 
to Person Attendance Campaign was planned for October. On 
October 24, 1971, Sunday School attendance reached a high of 
379. That record for the seventies stood until Easter Sunday 
April 15, 1973. Three hundred and eighty-five attended Sunday 
School that day, which remains the high Sunday for the first 
half of the decade. 

The second major promotion of the Sunday School was a 
Sunday School revival led by Leon Kilbreth July 23-30, 1972. 
Mr. Kilbreth made a study of the Sunday School organization 
and potential. He led the church to take some bold steps. The 
organization was broadly expanded. Many teachers took "paper 
classes," just names of potential members. Five adult depart- 
ments were organized. Visitation was emphasized. Enthusiasm 
was at a peak. 

Unfortunately, the anticipated growth was never realized, 
even though the 1972-73 Sunday School year was the best 
overall year of the seventies. The attendance averaged 292, the 
best since 1967. In 1974 the five adult departments were cut 
back to two, but the twelve classes were retained. 

Vacation Bible School is the second most important aspect 
of the Bible teaching program in the early seventies. In 1972 the 
school ran eight days from Sunday morning through Sunday 
morning. Two hundred and fifty-seven children enrolled. In 

74 Twenty Years of Service 

1973, with the same schedule, 254 enrolled. In 1974, 212 

In 1975 Vacation Bible School instituted another change. 
The school met at night and included adults. The program ran 
from Sunday evening to Friday evening. Two hundred and 
ninety people enrolled. More than fifty of these were adults. 
They studied the minor prophets. Vernon B. McDaniel taught 
the class. 

Another important facet of the Bible teaching program of 
the seventies is the fellowship Bible groups that met in homes, 
at schools and at offices. There is no way to trace down the first 
fellowship group that began during the seventies. The first one 
to appear on the church calendar was at the Len Holmes' house 
on May 15, 1972. Since that time there have been a number of 
different group meetings. The youth met at times for a breakfast 
study. A group of women met in the morning, young women in 
the afternoon and a mixed group in the evening. Most of these 
groups met once a week and studied a book of the Bible until 
they finished the book, usually about twelve weeks. One group 
of neighborhood children were organized into a Monday after- 
noon Bible club taught by Mrs. Evelyn Robinson. 

A fourth aspect of the Bible teaching program featured 
Bible conferences. They added much to the depth of Bible 
teaching available at Parkway each year. During the seventies 
such scholars as Richard Henderson, Gerald Smith, David 
Garland and John Carlton taught in conferences on the Holy 
Spirit, the Letters of John, Daniel and Galatians. These studies 
were usually in January. The study lasted about ten hours. 


The spirit and structure of the missions program projects 
another important phase of the ministry of Parkway in the 
seventies. Mission organizations failed to fulfill their assigned 
task in the life of the church during this half decade. But that is 

Parkway Baptist Church 75 

not to say the people failed to carry on the work of Christ in the 
community and world. Churchwide mission programs kept the 
congregation aware of worldwide needs. Mission giving in- 
creased. Volunteers responded to the Macedonian call. 

As the seventies began the mission organizations at Park- 
way were weak. The Brotherhood recorded seventy-four men 
and boys in three organizations; the Woman's Missionary 
Union reported ninety-nine women, girls and children in four 
organizations. In September, 1975, the men had no one enrol- 
led in mission organizations while the women showed six 
organizations with ninety-nine enrolled. 

Because of the failure of the organizations to teach the 
congregation, especially the men, about missions some other 
method was necessary to inform the people of the world's 
needs. The first step was to promote on a churchwide level the 
work of state, home and foreign missions. An attempt was 
made to include as many of the fellowship as possible in the 
weeks of prayer and offering at the appropriate times during the 
year (home missions in the spring, state in the fall and foreign in 
the winter). 

The foreign mission emphasis was the most successful. In 
1970 the offering for foreign missions totaled $1,700. That 
offering increased each year until in 1974 the people gave 
$5,060. For the five-year period Parkway gave $17,300 to 
foreign missions, $3,600 to home missions, $1,200 to state 
missions and a total of $33,300 to all missionary causes. 

The primary method of missionary education during this 
time was the mission conference and seminar. In 1971 the 
Week of Prayer for Foreign Missions featured Mrs. Virginia 
Oliver of Brazil, Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Henderson of the 
Philippines and Mr. Jack Wilder, pastor and evangelist in the 
Japan Crusade of 1966. These speakers brought missions to the 
home church. All ages could understand their sermons, pic- 
tures, stories and curios. Subsequent conferences included such 

76 Twenty Years of Service 

missionaries as Dr. Jerry Bedsole, the first missionary of 
veterinary medicine, and Dr. Sam Cannata, medical missionary 
to Ethiopia. 

Mission seminars became a regular part of the total church 
program. Without men's and boys' missionary organizations, it 
was imperative that some means be devised to teach the people 
about missions. The Biblical message could be taught in Sun- 
day School. The challenge could be proclaimed in the pulpit. 
But how would the people know what the larger church com- 
munity was doing? For some time the church families had 
shared a covered dish supper one Wednesday night a month. 
After supper the mission organizations met. In September, 
1974, one Sunday night a month was designated as "Missions 
Night." The covered dish supper was moved to that evening. 
The mission organizations continued to function but the purpose 
of "Missions Night" was to educate the congregation* to the 
world of missions. Each monthly meeting is dedicated to a 
different aspect of Parkway's total world program. Baptist 
homes, Baptist hospitals, associational missions, state mis- 
sions, home missions, foreign missions, Youth for Christ, 
B.S.U., Baptist colleges, the Cooperative Program — they all 
have their night. 

Mission action is not ignored in this approach. Specific 
needs are met by the church as a whole or by special groups 
organized for the purpose. Of course, the W.M.U. functions to 
meet many of these needs. Sunday School classes are involved 
in local mission action projects. The Baptist men, though 
unorganized, still band together for specific purposes. 

The pulpit continually called for the people of God to be 
involved in the work of Christ in the world. On December 16, 
1973, the fellowship of Parkway dedicated Cliff and Philecta 
Staton to serve as missionaries to Ethiopia. On August 4, 1974, 
Ted York was dedicated to serve as a missionary journeyman in 
Liberia. On December 29, 1974, the church sent Dr. and Mrs. 
Howell to Africa to lead prayer retreats for the missionaries and 
to visit the Cliff Statons and Ted York. 

Parkway Baptist Church 


The pulpit continually 
called for the people of God to 
be involved in the work of 
Christ in the world. On De- 
cember 16, 1973, the fellow- 
ship of Parkway dedicated 
Cliff and Philecta Staton to 
serve as missionaries to 
Ethiopia. On August 4, 1974, 
Ted York was dedicated to 
serve as a missionary jour- 
neyman in Liberia. On De- 
cember 29, 1974, the church 
sent Dr. and Mrs. Howell to 

Ted York 

Our Journeyman 


Africa to lead prayer retreats for the missionaries and to visit the 
Cliff Statons and Ted York. 


Philecta Clarke Staton Raymond Clifford Staton. Jr. 

Our Missionaries to Ethiopia 

Cliff and Philecta Staton publicly volunteered for missio- 
nary service on January 7, 1973. At that time the Statons 
announced that they had applied for appointment by the Foreign 
Mission Board to serve as a civil engineer and a homemaker in 
Ethiopia, East Africa. Cliff resigned from his position as an 

78 Twenty Years of Service 

engineer with King-Hunter Construction Company and enrolled 
at Southeastern Seminary. He completed in one semester the 
requirements necessary for appointment by the Foreign Mission 

Cliff had already received a Bachelor of Science degree 
from North Carolina State University. Philecta was graduated 
from Meredith College. When they volunteered for service their 
children, Deirdre and Clarke, were six and two years old. 

Cliff and Philecta Staton were commissioned at the Week 
of Foreign Missions at the Ridgecrest Baptist Conference 
Center, Ridgecrest, N. C, Sunday evening, August 12. About 
thirty people from Parkway attended the service. 

After being commissioned the Statons began missionary 
orientation at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. 
Philecta described the experience: 

Cliff's day begins at 5:30 A.M. when he leaves to run around the three 
mile drive. His gasping usually awakened me upon his return around 6:00. 

Dierdre leaves to meet her bus at 7:40 A.M. Clarke leaves to carpool to 
Kiddieland at 7:50. Cliff and I are in class by 8:15. We have an hour for 
lunch and get through with our classes at 3:00 P.M. We pick up Clarke, and 
Deirdre's bus gets her here around 3:20. 

Our classes consist of a large variety of things. This past week, for 
instance, we had classes on major world religions, photography techniques 
and stable homes. Naturally, we can't cover all that is needed on things such 
as various religions. We just highlighted them and we follow up with outside 
reading on those pertinent to our area. 

In addition to the regular classes, other subjects are covered at times 
after 3:00 P.M. Each Tuesday Cliff and I are learning about short-wave 
radios and aiming at being ham radio operators. This is completely out of 
my element; but, since it will be our only means of communication after we 
leave Addis, I have a great deal of incentive! Next week we want to take a 
hair styling class. This is another area we'll be dependent upon each other. 

Each couple also is preparing a research file on their country and each 
person is writing a paper on a certain aspect of their country. As an example, 
I'm writing on the political situation in Ethiopia and the prospects at Haile 
Salassie's death. 

Parkway Baptist Church 79 

Each day is started with prayer and devotions. The testimonies mean so 
much to us — each so different and yet the common factor of God's 
unmistakable call. 

The cottage we live in is with others among the many pine trees. We 
have a porch with a charcoal grill. Inside is a living room-kitchen-dining 
room combination and two bedrooms and one bath. It's cozy and very 
livable. Clarke repeatedly asked the first week, "Why is our kitchen in the 
living room?" They love the bunk beds in their room. 

Following orientation the Statons stopped in Greensboro 
for the dedication service at Parkway. The service was based on 
Acts 13:1-4. Dr. Wilson Stewart preached the sermon. Others 
participating included: Charles Howell, pastor; Mrs. J. E. 
Collette, member of the Foreign Mission Board; Ted York, 
assistant pastor; and Mrs. E. J. McFetters, W.M.U. Director. 
The Statons shared their personal testimonies. The church gave 
$2,500 to the Statons as an expression of love and support and 
$2,500 to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for other mis- 
sionaries around the world. 

On December 27 Cliff and Philecta Staton with Deirdre 
and Clarke left Greensboro on Eastern flight number 362 for 
New York and then to Zurich, Athens and Addis Ababa. 

Ted York came to Parkway January 30, 1972. The church 
called him at that time to serve as Youth Director. He was a 
student at Wake Forest University and his plans were to teach in 
the Greensboro area. Before his graduation in June, 1972, Ted 
had committed his life to serve God in a full-time church-related 
vocation. He enrolled in Southeastern Seminary in the fall. 
Beginning in June, 1973, Ted served Parkway as Assistant 
Pastor. He continued in this role until January 1, 1974, while 
Mr. Howell was working on the Doctor of Ministry degree. 

When Ted returned to Southeastern Seminary in January, 
1974, he also began the process that led to his commission by 
the Foreign Mission Board as a missionary journeyman, July 
26. A number of the family of Parkway attended the ceremony 
in Richmond, Virginia. 

80 Twenty Years of Service 

August 4, 1974, Parkway dedicated Mr. York as a jour- 
neyman from this fellowship. Dr. Howell, pastor; Mrs. McFet- 
ters, director of W.M.U.; Mr. Don Hartig, chairman of the 
deacons; and Mr. Dennis Hill, former journeyman and rep- 
resentative of the Foreign Mission Board participated in the 
service. Mrs. Betty Fuller sang. Mr. Hill presented a charge to 
the church. The congregation gave Ted a reception that even- 

After some delay in receiving a visa, Mr. York left for 
Liberia on September 19. His work as a journeyman meant 
teaching the Bible in the public schools and leading the youth 
and music programs of the Mount Nimba Baptist Church in 
Yekepa. A letter from Ted reads: 

I arrived in Monrovia on Sunday morning, September 22, 1974. After 
taking me to the home I would stay in for a few days, Bob Bellinger, the 
business manager for the Liberian mission, invited me to go with his family 
to Saint Simon Baptist Church, a Bassa dialect church, in Monrovia. During 
the worship service, Tucker Callaway, the missionary pastor, introduced me 
to the church. He told the congregation that I would be teaching Bible in the 
public schools in Nimba County. Tucker then asked Sister Teetee Glapoh, 
governor of the Bassa community in Monrovia and a leader in Saint Simon 
Church, to pray that God would use and direct me as a teacher in Liberia. 
Sister Teetee began by saying that she was praying "to the God who 
understands all languages.' 1 She prayed, dedicating me to do God's work in 
Liberia, both in Bassa and in English. It was a beautiful prayer. 

Later Ted was ordained to serve as the minister of the 
Mount Nimba Church while the missionary pastor was on 
furlough. Again his letter describes the experience: 

On Sunday, November 17, I was ordained as a minister here in Yekepa 
at Mount Nimba Baptist Church. It was an historic day for the church, 
because this was the first ordination service at Mount Nimba and the church 
ordained its first deacon at the service. There were three of us to be 
ordained — Moses Gbato as pastor of the Redeemer Baptist Church at Camp 
Four, Anthony Jonah as a deacon and me. 

My call to the ministry was not a dramatic burning bush experience. It 
was a realization or a sense that God could use me best here in Liberia at 
Mount Nimba Baptist Church as an ordained minister. God has given me 

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certain spiritual gifts to be used in the ministry and I feel that He is guiding 
and directing me into the ministry. God has given me the opportunity to 
pastor the Mount Nimba Church when Pastor Williams leaves for a short 
furlough in December. 

Parkway Church continued to invest in the foreign missio- 
nary enterprise and to support her foreign missionaries in 
Ethiopia and Liberia by sending the pastor and his wife, Gail, to 
Africa to lead prayer retreats for the missionaries and to visit the 
Statons and Ted. December 29, 1974, the Howells left 
Greensboro on a three week mission tour in Africa that took 
them to Kenya, Ethiopia and Liberia. The ministry was in 
response to an invitation from the missions of Kenya and 
Ethiopia. Parkway sponsored the trip. In Kenya more than a 
hundred missionaries gathered for the Prayer Retreat at Limuru. 
In Ethiopia the entire mission participated — about fifteen 
families. In Liberia the Howells visited with Ted and spoke at a 
G.A. Camp. 


Mr. Donald Bowden guided the spirit and structure of the 
music program during this first half of the seventies. Mr. David 
Pegg led the music program into the decade. Mr. Pegg offered 
strong leadership. A trained organist and an experienced choral 
director, he helped develop the adult choir and train the voices 
of those dedicated to a music ministry. 

March 22, 1970, Mr. Pegg and the adult choir joined 
Magnolia Street Choir and English Street (High Point) Choir in 
a sacred Easter cantata, The Seven Last Words of Christ by 
Theodore Dubois. May 24 the Parkway choir, along with Mr. 
Pegg and Mr. Steve Vaughn, a former music director, pre- 
sented a "full program of sacred music." 

David Pegg left Parkway that June for work in Florida. Mr. 
Jim Council was called to serve as choir director and Mr. 
Dwayne Blair, organist. Their first rehearsal with the choir was 
Wednesday, July 29, 1970. These men led the adult and youth 

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choirs in a program of Christmas music consisting of "a 
selection of sacred music, carols and spirituals." 

On Palm Sunday, April 4, 1971 the Woodbridge Senior 
High School Concert Choir of Woodbridge, Virginia, and their 
director, Miss Jeanne Meredith, joined the adult choir at the 
morning worship service to present two special Palm Sunday 
anthems. The adult choir presented a special service on Maundy 
Thursday, April 8. The program, "The Service of the Teneb- 
rae," was composed of narration and music for the Holy Week. 
The music is an adaptation of the ancient Tenebrae service. A 
gradual extinction of candles during the service is accompanied 
by chorales. At the end, only one candle remains burning. This 
light is removed for a short time, symbolizing Christ's three 
days in the tomb. The light is then returned and spreads its light 
through the disciples symbolized by the choir. The congrega- 
tion observed the Lord's Supper. 

In June, 1971, David Pegg returned to Parkway as Music 
Director and organist. Mr. Pegg resigned September 15. 
November 17 the church called Mr. Bowden as Music Director. 
Mr. Roger Stanley, a student at the University of North 
Carolina in Greensboro, was called as organist. These two led 
the adult choir in presenting the Christmas cantata, "Joy to the 
World," by John W. Peterson December 19. Soloists for the 
cantata were Mrs. Michele Arnold, Mrs. Sue Andrews, Mrs. 
Diane Foxworth and Miss Jody Hartig. 

The choir directed by Mr. Bowden and accompanied by 
Mr. Stanley performed another Peterson cantata for Easter. 
"The Glory of Easter" presentation, March 31, 1972, included 
a brass ensemble. Mr. Jerry Garmon narrated and Mrs. An- 
drews, Mrs. Foxworth, Mrs. Philecta Staton, Mr. Larry Arnold 
and Mr. Russell Luther sang solos. 

The Christmas music for 1972 was a cantata by Carl W. 
Vandre, "Love Came Down at Christmas." It was presented at 
the morning worship service Christmas eve. Mr. Sam Marion 

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accompanied the choir. (Mr. Marion succeeded Mr. Stanley as 
organist in April, 1972.) Soloists were Mrs. Carol Ann 
McCracken, Mrs. Brenda Grogan and Mrs. Marty Keith. Miss 
Debbie Alderman and Mr. Tom Henderson sang a duet. 

"Hail, Glorious King!" by John W. Peterson was the 
Easter cantata presented April 15, 1973, at the evening worship 
hour. Mrs. McCracken, Mrs. Keith, Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. 
Grogan sang solos. The Christmas music, "A City of the King" 
by Jack Coleman, was dedicated to Parkway's new missionary 
couple, Cliff and Philecta Staton. The solos featured Mr. David 
Pike, Mrs. Keith, Mr. John Price, Mrs. McCracken and Mr. 
Jeff Williams. Mr. Ivan Battle accompanied the cantata. 

The youth choir joined the adults in presenting Peterson's 
"The Glory of Easter" on Good Friday, April 12, 1974. Mrs. 
Ruth Myers, who began as interim organist at Parkway in 
February and was employed in April, accompanied the choir on 
the organ. Miss Candi Guffey played the piano. Soloists were 
Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Keith, Mr. Randy Greene, Mrs. Foxworth 
and Mrs. Louise Welborn. Mrs. Betty Fuller narrated. 

The 1974 Christmas music was a program of four choirs — 
the preschool, children, youth and adult. The preschool choir 
directed by Mrs. Foxworth sang "God Loves Me" and "My 
Best Friend is Jesus;" the children directed by Mrs. McCracken 
sang "Go Tell It on the Mountain," "Ring Bells Ring" and 
"Sing Noel;" and the youth under Mr. Bowden's direction sang 
"Mary Had a Baby," "Joy to the World" and "Still, Still, 
Still." The adult choir presented a folk cantata "God Man" by 
Don Wyrtzen. Mrs. McCracken, Ms. Louise Lovell and Miss 
Carolyn Andrews sang solos. 

Easter 1975 featured another Peterson cantata, "The Last 
Week," with soloists Mrs. Judy Almon, Mrs. Joyce Guffey, 
Mrs. Keith and Mr. Carl Ginther. Mr. and Mrs. Ginther sang a 
duet. Christmas 1975 was a repeat performance of "A City of 
the King." This presentation featured the voices of Mr. Randy 

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Greene, Mr. Glenn Jones, Mrs. Keith, Mrs. McCracken and 
Mrs. Guffey. There were staged scenes and pantomimes with 
the musical. The preschool choir directed by Mrs. Kathy Hunt, 
the younger children by Mrs. Keith and the older children by 
Mrs. McCracken also sang. 

The overall choir program developed dramatically during 
this half decade. In 1970 Parkway recorded only two choirs 
with a total enrollment of twenty-seven. In 1975 under Mr. 
Bowden's leadership the choir program had grown to four 
organizations with 108 enrolled. The preschool choir had eight 
members; the children had twenty-six; the youth, twenty-five; 
and the adults, forty-three. Plus there were six general officers. 
Weekly attendance averaged eighteen in 1970 and seventy in 

Some significant events to occur during this period in- 
cluded several adult choir retreats, adult and youth perfor- 
mances at other churches and institutions and participation in 
regional choir festivals. The choirs sponsored a number of 
social events. 

The children's choir presented a moving musical drama, 
"Sam, the Story of the Good Samaritan" by Bobby Hammack 
and Tom Adair. This June 29, 1975, production was directed by 
Mrs. McCracken. 

The characters were: 
Philip Cambell — the peddler 
Neal Guffey — Sam 
Eric Cheek — Jesus 
Mark Cranford — lawyer 

The costumes were made by Joyce Guffey. 

Candy Guffey — piano 
Bobby Fuller — string bass 

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Some of the special guests and groups singing at Parkway 
during these years were: Herb Meadows, Dale and Gilda 
Riddle, Don Harrington, Calvary Church (Winston-Salem) 
Youth Choir, Howell Simmons, Jamall Badry, Oaklawn 
Church (Winston-Salem) Children's Choir, Erv Lewis, the 
Bridge, the Truth, the New Directions, Westfield Church Youth 
Choir, the Turning Point, the New World Singers, Lowell 
Listner, Jim and Aletha Sheets, Terry Turney, Dick Nelson, the 
Lamplighters, One Way, Sabra Romeo and the Oaklawn 
Church (Winston-Salem) Adult Choir. 


In addition to the pastoral ministries, the Bible study 
program, the missions program and the music ministries, the 
training program at Parkway during the 1970-1975 years proved 
flexible and dynamic. The church training organization disap- 
peared during these years at Parkway. In 1970 the church 
reported in the Associational Letter enrollment in each age 
group with an overall total of 168 and an average weekly 
attendance of eighty-nine. There were no new member training, 
church leadership training nor any member training projects 
reported. In 1971 the training organization was reduced to a 
program for children while the youth and adults met for wor- 
ship. Later the program was limited to preschoolers. At the 
same time, however, the number of people involved in new 
member training, leadership training and other training projects 
increased. In 1973 and in 1975 Parkway was among the top 
twenty churches in the state convention in receiving training 
awards. Five regular studies are offered each year: new member 
orientation, training in Christian discipleship, training in Christ- 
ian life and Biblical doctrines and training in developing leader- 
ship skills. 

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Another significant area in the work of any dynamic 
church is administration. These five years witnessed important 
changes in the spirit and structure of church administration. It 
was evident early in the seventies that something had to be 
done. Many of the goals and dreams of the sixties just had not 
been reached. The organization had been developed, the prop- 
erty purchased and buildings completed. The biggest achieve- 
ment, however, was the accumulation of a heavy debt. In 1970 
the total receipts were $81,427 and the debt retirement obliga- 
tions were $43,287. The annual debt retirement amounted to 
fifty-three per cent of the receipts. Nineteen seventy-one was 
the same story. Mission expenditures, for both these years 
amounted to only $6,215 or about four per cent of the total 
receipts. Obviously something had to be done. After months of 
study and prayer, the church approved in October, 1973, a plan 
to restructure the financial program. The plan adopted was 
recommended by Mr. Elmore Rouse who served as chairman of 
the Finance Committee. The church borrowed from Gate City 
Savings and Loan Association $162,000 at eight per cent 
interest for twenty years to pay off all outstanding bonds. This 
move enabled the church in 1974 to reduce the percentage of 
receipts committed to debt retirement to twenty-one per cent. 
The congregation adopted a policy that limits the monies that 
may be used for debt retirement and capital improvements to 
twenty-five per cent of the annual budget. Also, ten per cent of 
the 1974 regular offerings and at least a one per cent increase 
each year for ten years were committed to mission projects. 

This financial accomplishment was spearheaded by the 
Finance Committee. Committees took an increasingly impor- 
tant role in the administration of the church in the seventies. 
Two things made this necessary and possible. The first was the 
change in the role of the deacons. The second was the priorities 
established by the pastor for his time. Since the church had only 
two full-time staff members (the pastor and a church secretary), 

Parkway Baptist Church 87 

the pastor's time was limited to pastoral ministries and the 
administration of the educational program. 

The deacons in 1972 made a year-long study of their role. 
They concluded that deacons are ministers, not administrators. 
They adopted the following attitude toward the administration 
of church affairs: (1) a deacon will set a good example by 
faithfully discharging the duties of any additional church office 
or committee to which he may be elected; (2) he will encourage 
church committees to report directly to the church business 
meeting; (3) the deacons advise the pastor in all matters pertain- 
ing to the welfare and work of the church; (4) the deacons have 
oversight of the discipline of the church. 

This move by the deacons, coupled with the attitude of the 
pastor, forced committees to take more seriously their respon- 
sibilities to the church. That same year the duties of each 
committee were outlined and given to the respective chairmen. 
An annual committee workshop was instituted in September to 
train committee members. 

With committees taking a more active role, the congrega- 
tion voted to hold quarterly rather than monthly business meet- 
ings. Committee responsibilities were clearly outlined. Any 
emergency action needed by the congregation as a whole would 
be handled through a special called business meeting. The 
committees give a report of their work at each quarterly meet- 
ing. These quarterly meetings on Sunday nights involve more of 
the total membership than did the monthly meetings on Wed- 
nesday nights. 

On September 28, 1975, the church met in a special 
business session and called Mr. Larry H. Austin to serve as 
minister of education and administrator. He is expected to 
refine and continue to develop the educational program and the 
administration of the total church. 

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Three other activities deserve to be mentioned: the de- 
velopment of the youth program during these years, the growth 
of the kindergarten and the creation of the Life of Christ 
Tableaux. First, one of the greatest needs at Parkway in the 
seventies was the development of a more effective youth minis- 
try. When the church called Dr. Howell as pastor in 1971, the 
congregation outlined some needs. A strong youth emphasis 
was urged. January 30, 1972, the church called Ted York, a 
student at Wake Forest, to serve as youth director. His contract 
called for him to work during the school term on Wednesday 
and Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday. During the summer 
months he worked forty hours a week. Ted served in this 
capacity until May, 1973, when he became assistant pastor by 
vote of the church. Judy Clark was elected youth coordinator. 
During the summer of 1975 Mr. David Bruce, a student at 
Southern Seminary, served as youth director. 

One of Ted's earliest accomplishments was the organiza- 
tion of the Youth Council. The Youth Council was composed of 
representatives from each class in the junior high and senior 
high divisions plus adult advisors. This group planned, coordi- 
nated and evaluated all youth activities. Randy Greene, Jerry 
Messick, Jr., Eric Cheek, Chuck Purvis and Bobby Doss served 
one year terms as president. Each year featured a full calendar 
of youth activities including camps, retreats, fellowships, 
prayer groups, Bible study groups and youth weeks. Special 
events included an all day Bible conference in October, 1973, 
and two Jesus Music Festivals, August 1972, and July, 1973. 

The second area that deserves mention is the kindergarten 
program. Kindergarten has been an activity at Parkway since 
the early 1960's. In 1974 Parkway Baptist Church Kindergarten 
became a functioning part of the church with a combined budget 
and church control. The program now consists of two classes 
for four year olds and one class for five year olds. The 

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kindergarten is approved by the State Department of Public 

Mrs. Sue Andrews was employed as director of the pro- 
gram March, 1972. The church honored Mrs. Dawson Lee for 
ten years service in the kindergarten May 14, 1974. Mrs. Lee 
teaches five year olds. 

"Developing the Total Child" is the motto. The purpose is 
twofold: (1) To extend the effort of Parkway Baptist Church 
to carry out Christian education as defined by (a) providing a 
learning atmosphere in which it is easy for the child to have 
worship experience throughout the day and feel God near him 
and (b) establishing a teacher and student relationship which 
exhibits love and concern and (2) to provide a curriculum based 
on the principles of Early Childhood Education (emotional, 
physical, social, mental development). 

A third event important to the continuing ministry of 
Parkway is the creation of the Life of Christ Tableaux displayed 
for the first time Christmas, 1975. Mrs. Selma Holmes origi- 
nated, planned and supervised the creation of twenty scenes 
depicting the life of Christ from the annunciation to Pentecost. 
More than sixty people were involved preparing over a hundred 
dolls. The cost in hours of work is incalculable but the cost of 
materials was over $1,000. All the time, money and energy was 
donated. This display attracted the attention of the community. 
About a thousand people came to view the scenes which were 
covered by the local newspaper and the local television news. 
The scenes are stored to be displayed each Christmas. 

90 Twenty Years of Service 


The first five years of the seventies were years of transition 
and maturity at Parkway. During these years of change, the 
church met the challenge of ministry. The spirit is at its best. 
The buildings, leadership, organization and resources are at 
hand. The church is on the move. Greensboro is going to be a 
better city because of the continuing ministry and mission of the 
people of God known as the Parkway Baptist Church. 

Parkway Baptist Church < 

Past and present members of Parkway Baptist Church 
who are ordained deacons. 

Adams, T. N. 
Allen, A. J. 
Allen, J. J. 
Andrews, Carl F. 
Arledge, James E. 
Arnold, Larry G. 
Austin, L. Martin 
Aydelette, W. A. Jr. 
Bradley, Edward P. 
Brewer, J. Howard 
Brewer, Paul 
Brown, Boyce 
Chapman, Roger 
Cheek, Gilmer L. 
Clayton, Richard 
Daniel, Lindsey E. 
Doss, W. Robert 
Eggers, John H. 
Elkins, W. A. Sr. 
Farlow, Roy C. 
Fesmire, Charles 
Fisher, James E. 
Fuller, Leon T. 
Garmon, Jerry 
Gentry, Claude O. 
Gibson, Wade J. 
Godfrey, John 
Greene, Grady 
Guffey, Dean 
Haithcock, Clyde R. 
Hall, C. B. Jr. 
Hall, O. E. 
Hartig, Don 
Hatcher, Lester 
Henderson, Thomas L. 
Holt, Furman E. 
Howell. James E. 
Hundley, Oscar W. 

Johnson, Earl L. 
Jones, Glenn 
Jones, J. C. 
Jones, Rudolph C. 
Kay, Broadus 
Keith, Preston W. 
Lentz, Robert 
Lovell, Clarence H. 
McFetters, E. J. Jr. 
McGinley, J. E. 
McKinney, Bobby W. 
Madon, Bobby L. 
Meadows, Charles 
Messick, Jerry, Sr. 
Newcomb, Jeter P. 
Phillips, Harold R. 
Pike, John C. 
Reitzel, R. Maxton 
Richardson, Everette L. 
Robbins, Willard C. 
Robinson, Paul B. 
Rouse, Elmore 
Ruis, W. Charles 
Sessoms, Wade H. Jr. 
Sherwood, William S. 
Simmons, J. Gaylord 
Spivey, Charles J. 
Staton, R. Clifford Jr. 
Taylor, J. T. Jr. 
Teague, J. Herbert 
Transou, James E. 
Troutman, Carson 
Tucker, Harvey 
Turner, Roy S. 
Waters, A. E. Jr. 
Watson. Jesse D. 
Yarboro. Stephen O. 

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October 1958-1959 Claude Gentry 

October 1959-1960 W. A. Aydelette 

October 1960-1961 E. P. Bradley 

October 1961-1963 Robert Lentz 

October 1963-1966 Tom Adams 

October 1966-1967 Carl Andrews 

October 1967-1968 Bobby Madon 

October 1968-1969 Howard Brewer 

October 1969-1970 Roy Farlow 

October 1970-1971 E. J. McFetters 

October 1971-1972 Claude Gentry 

October 1972-1973 Roy Farlow 

October 1973-1974 Don Hartig 

October 1974-1975 W. A. Aydelette 

October 1975- E. J. McFetters 


Feb. 1959-June 1959 Mrs. Ann Floyd 

July 1959-Aug. 1959 Mrs. Mattie Lee Davis 

Oct. 1959-Aug. 1960 Miss Jean McPherson 

Aug. 1960-June 1961 Mrs. A. J. Allen 

June 1961 -Mar. 1962 Mrs. Ruth Wise 

May 1962-June 1963 Mrs. Meda Howell 

Aug. 1963-Jan. 1964 Mrs. Jean Capps 

Feb. 1964-May 1969 Mrs. Kittie Sullivan 

June 1969 Miss Hazel Martin 

Aug. 1972-Jan. 1976 Mrs. Polly O'Kelley 

Apr. 1974 Miss Betty Bailey 


March 1962-July 1965 W. A. Alexander 

October 1975 Larry Austin 


June 1973-Jan. 1974 Ted York 


September 1975 Mark Cranford 

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Sept. 1956-Oct. 1958 Don Trexler 

Oct. 1958-July 1959 Wendell Arnote 

July 1959-Nov. 1959 Mildred Henderson (supply) 

Nov. 1959-Apr. 1961 Robert L. Lentz (supply) 

Apr. 1961-Aug. 1961 James Pegram 

Sept. 1961-Mar. 1962 Ryland Young 

July 1962-July 1963 Elizabeth Ann Miller 

Oct. 1963-Feb. 1967 Furman Holt 

Apr. 1967-Jan. 1968 Ronald Hill 

Jan. 1968-Aug. 1968 Stephen Vaughn 

Oct. 1968-Aug. 1969 Ronald Hill 

Dec. 1969-June 1970 David Pegg 

(organist and choir director) 

June 1970-July 1971 James Council 

July 1971-Sept. 1971 David Pegg 

Nov. 1971- Don Bowden 


Sept. 1956-Oct. 1958 Mrs. Don Trexler 

Oct. 1958-May 1965 Mrs. Raymond Hill 

May 1965-June 1966 Mrs. Ruth Griffin 

Aug. 1966-May 1967 Mrs. Ronald Rimmer 

May 1967-Feb. 1968 Miss Jackie Madon 

Feb. 1968-Dec. 1969 David Pegg 

Dec. 1969-June 1970 David Pegg 

(Organist & Choir Director) 

Dec. 1969-June 1970 Cathy Chandler 


June 1970-June 1971 Dwayne Blair 

June 1971-Sept. 1971 David Pegg 

Nov. 1971-Apr. 1972 Roger Stanley 

Apr. 1972-Oct. 1973 Sam Marion 

Dec. 1973-Feb. 1974 Ivan Battle 

Mar. 1974 Mrs. Ruth Mvers 

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April 1959 
Preaching: Rev. Eugene Deese Music: Roger Cole 

October 1959 
Preaching: Rev. Harold Steen Music: Hal Shumaker 

April 1961 
Preaching: Dr. Wilson Stewart Music: Dwayne Zimmer 

September 1961 
Preaching: Gary Harthcock Music: Ryland Young 

April 1962 
Preaching: Rev. Raymond Lanier Music: Conrad Willmon 

October 1962 
Preaching: Rev. R. O. Baker, Jr. Music: Elizabeth Ann Miller 

April 1963 
Preaching: 1st week, Dr. Wilson Stewart Music: Robert Lentz 
Preaching: 2nd week, Frank Marks Music: Ed Miller 

March 1964 
Preaching: Rev. Elmer Painter Music: Furman Holt 

October 1965 
Preaching: Missionary Troy Bennett Music: Furman Holt 

September 1968 
Preaching: Rev. Chester Swor Music: Jerry Merrimon 

October 1971 
Preaching: Rev. John C. Mitchell Music: Don Harrington 

July 1972 
Preaching: Leon Kilbreth Music: Howell Simmons 

November 1972 
Preaching: Bob Harrison Music: Bob Harrison 

Pianist: Bob Anderson 
April 1973 
Preaching: Dr. Charles Howell Music: Dale & Gilda Riddle 

April 1974 
Preaching: Dr. Cary Chapman Music: Terry Turney 

October 1975 
Preaching: Rev. Mark Corts Music: Dick Nelson 

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